Reader feedback: Money talks

Re: Young Slovaks prepared to move abroad, News survey, January 30-February 5, 2006

What really could the government do? Run an advertising campaign to make people patriotic and stay at home? Money talks louder.

Spend vast amounts to create jobs? Interesting, but it would increase taxes and probably drive some people away to low tax countries. Build a big fence, introduce exit visas and take away people's foreign currency? OK, I'm being silly.

Travel has never been cheaper or easier but there is still a huge difference in potential wages. Eventually though, this will balance out.

The Pravda daily had a big article about skills shortages in Slovak industry, so wages will have to go up here, and then the flow towards the border might be reversed.

Roger,
Žilina, Slovakia

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