As dusk falls in Mallinckrodt Road, a shabby street in the gritty German city of Dortmund, two young men in hoodies are touting for work. “We are labourers,” says one, miming a bit of shovelling. “We can dig. Carry stuff.”
The would-be workers have arrived from Bulgaria in the latest migration from the EU’s new member states in eastern Europe. They are Roma, a minority that has suffered discrimination in almost every European country, and they cannot say when they last worked.
“They want work. How much you pay?” a young Bulgarian woman butts in.
Each year, Germany integrates hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers into Europe’s largest economy, including many skilled people who fill crucial gaps in factories, offices and clinics. The freedom of movement guaranteed by the EU also opens the way for migrants qualified for only the simplest jobs.
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