Number of 'Aussiedlers' in Bavaria Decreasing
Zahl der Aussiedler nimmt ab
"Number of 'Aussiedlers' in Bavaria Decreasing." Süddeutsche Zeitung, 23-24 January 1999.
Translation by Alice Morgenstern, Munich, Germany
The number of Aussiedlers in Bavaria has been decreasing considerably.
The Sozialministerium (Ministry for Social Affairs) registered 19,813
new Aussiedlers for 1997, in 1998 there were only 14,973 - 14,000
coming from the former Soviet Union. The number given for the Federal
Republic was 103,000, a trend that has been observed during the
last eight years and seems to stabilize at that level. Two million
ethnic Germans still live in East European states. A specific German
law concerning these Germans alleges a "collective fate of expulsion"
especially in the states of the former Soviet Union, where nationalism
and religious fanaticism make it hard for them to maintain their
identity. Last year the costs for the late Aussiedlers in 235 temporary
quarters amounted to 62 million D-mark. The ministry makes out difficulties
in getting jobs for them, because of their deficiencies in the German
language and the lack of adequate qualifications. But the number
of unemployed Aussiedlers in Bavaria is not alarming, only 2, 6%
are registered to be seeking work.
Our appreciation is extended to Alice Morgenstern for translation of this article.
Reprinted with permission of Süddeutsche Zeitung.
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