The New Gastarbeiter

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GOOD JOB: Günther left Berlin to pursue work

Until last summer Patricia Schulze was used to waking up to the drab multistory buildings of her native Berlin. But last July she moved to the small Irish town of Ennis (pop. 18,000), and the country's lush rolling hills now greet her every morning during the 30-minute commute to work. After a year on the dole and some 200 futile job applications in Berlin, the vivacious 25-year-old was so frustrated that she decided to look for employment outside Germany. "There simply was no alternative," Schulze says. Now she's a tele-agent at a call center in Shannon, where she was recently promoted...

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