Poles moving to 'cheap' eastern Germany: report

27th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2005, BERLIN - A growing number of Poles are moving to eastern Germany where rental and property prices are often lower than in Poland, a report said Wednesday.

27 July 2005

BERLIN - A growing number of Poles are moving to eastern Germany where rental and property prices are often lower than in Poland, a report said Wednesday.

Eastern Germany's depressed Uecker-Randow region last year opened an office in the Polish city of Szczecin, located close to the German-Polish border, to attract immigrants and so far about 100 Poles have made the move to Germany, the paper said.

With an unemployment rate of 18 per cent, Uecker-Randow has some 1,200 empty houses and apartments.

Poland became a European Union member last year but under transition agreements Poles will generally not be allowed to work in Germany for several more years.

But for Polish students or others who are not working, German officials give residency status to anyone who can show they have health insurance and a minimum monthly income of EUR 530, said the report.

The paper quoted two Polish students who moved to eastern Germany from Szczecin.

Ewa Faoeciszewska and Mariusz Soltysiak pay EUR 300 a month for a modernised four-room apartment in the town of Strasburg. In Szczecin such an apartment would cost over EUR 400, they say.

DPA

Subject: German news

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