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Reader feedback: Healthy sign

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

The survey only reveals that many young Slovaks are willing to relocate for jobs. Moving from Bratislava to London is no different from an American moving from Pittsburgh to Atlanta.

Furthermore, there is a long tradition in Slovak history of people journeying far from the Slovak homeland for work. Itinerant Slovak bricklayers, for example, built much of Budapest. A willingness to travel for work is a healthy sign, an indication that young Slovaks would rather earn their money by working rather than relying on handouts from the state.

One concern I do have, however, is that some Slovaks travel to places like Ireland to work in menial jobs because those jobs pay more than professional positions in their motherland.

As time goes by, professional salaries in Slovakia will catch up with other parts of Europe and when that happens, people who chased quick money in foreign lands may have difficulty transitioning back to a professional workforce in Slovakia.

John Sherwood,
Washington, US

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