Re: 1 per cent to Britain?
> Doesn't surprise me; a lot of youth are going over to workThere are no clear statistics but I wonder, Scott, how much Slovak
> a lot of service industry jobs as well. A couple of my cousins
emigration to the Czech R. (most massive), Britain, Ireland, as well
as to countries where getting a job legally is more complicated for
them contributed to Slovakia's rapid drop in unemployment after it
joined the European Union. The unemployment rate was over 17% in
2002, it's just above 10% this year. We now know from British sources
that about 1% is thanks to Britain.
> Rick Santorum needs all the votes that he can getHis representative at a discussion here last year said that while
> this election year, so he ought to at least make an effort...
Santorum gets letters about this from Polish Americans, he never
received a single letter from a Slovak constituent urging him to...
etc. On the whole, I think the level of discomfort with unchecked
immigration among Santorum's actual and potential voters outweighs
any pressure from the Central European ethnic groups, which, moreover,
seems to be limited to a campaign by the Poles.
In a larger picture, Greece has been member of the EU for 25 years,
but they still need a visa to travel to the US. And Kazakhstan,
Azerbaijan, El Salvador, countries with even less hope for US visa
waivers than Slovakia, sent soldiers to Iraq, too, while Slovenia
didn't, but a Slovenian doesn't need a US visa.
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