Friday, June 06, 2003

Heh. Tons of understatements. United Press International: Analysis: Jews flooding into Germany
As for the rest of the population, "there are now between 200,000 and 300,000 Russians in Berlin alone, and Germans don't know and don't really care who among them is Jewish and who is not."
But there is another irony in this influx of Jews from the East: Although most are highly educated -- Schoeps described the quintessential immigrant as a mathematician from, say, St. Petersburg -- they cost the German taxpayer money. "Between 60 and 70 percent of them are on welfare because they cannot find work. They don't speak German yet, and their Soviet diplomas are not recognized by Germany."

The article does a good job if implying that "quinessential" is the same as "average", which of course it is not. I do not want to go into reasons for these people not working. Some have to do with them, but one has to wonder how is it that these same "quintessential" immigrants from St.Peterburg (or Mexico, where "quintessential" might be different) manage to find work and prosper in US. Ehh. Old topic. moving on...

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