Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Feets Don't Fail Me Now

Eastern Europeans flee the welfare state in droves:

POLISH economists are warning of a further mass exodus to Britain and the Irish Republic to escape high taxes and low wages.

The thousands of young Poles now flocking to the UK are fleeing from crippling tax burdens, laid on them by economically inactive parents and grandparents.

It's a vicious circle, however: the more Poles of working age that leave, the fewer that are left to bear the brunt of Poland's punishing social insurance demands, economists say.

It also means there are more pensioners voting for the government that guarantees pension rights, and as a result young Poles see no chance of a change and are voting with their feet - especially if they want to be able to afford to have children of their own. About ten million of Poland's 38 million population are pensioners.

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