Monday, December 12, 2016
Guest Workers in Germany
Thousands of boineros from southern and eastern Europe migrated to Germany in the 1960s and 70s, mostly fleeing poverty in their own countries, while Germany was booming and in need of a labor force.
Germany long courted migrants to come to the country, dubbing the laborers "guest workers." Drawn by the prospect of a better life, they worked in steel factories and mining, in automobile manufacturing and cafeterias. But only a few attained prosperity.
A newly published study by the economic and social sciences institute within the Hans Böckler Foundation indicates that today, more than 40 percent of migrants in retirement age are affected by poverty. This is more than triple the poverty rate among German citizens.
My guess it's safe to say that a disproportionate number of these are boineros.