Europe’s Immigrants Start Returning Home

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Just as we discussed earlier in the week, with Japan sending Peruvians and Brazilians home, so too are many immigrants in Western Europe heading back to their points of origin.

The New York Times reports that many Eastern Europeans who had come to Ireland, Italy and Spain from Romania, the Czech Republic, Poland and Latin America are now heading home as the economy sours.

Some governments, like that of Japan, are subsidizing travel for foreign workers to return home. The Czech government is apparently giving €500 for a one-way ticket for such travel.

Spain, apparently, also has “A new program aimed at legal immigrants from South America allows them to take their unemployment payments in a lump sum if they agree to leave and not return for at least three years,” reports the Times.

One popular way to stave off financial worry, though, is to collect unemployment money in Western Europe and then live in Eastern Europe, which is exactly what Constantin Marius Mituletu, a Romanian construction worker who is about to leave Spain to return to Romania, plans on doing.

“Mr. Mituletu said he planned to take the unemployment money he was owed by the Spanish government back to Romania, where it will go further,” The Times writes. “He needs only to return to Spain every three months to sign for it.”

I wonder if other Western Europeans might follow suit?

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