Western Europe: Looking for Labor


Every Monday morning a Turkish Airlines plane lumbers to a stop at a Belgian military airfield near Charleroi, and out step 50 tanned and slightly bewildered Turks. Clutching yellow envelopes containing their X-ray pictures, they are welcomed with sweet Turk ish cigarettes, fruit juices, a round of speeches — and the jobs they had been promised. Labor-short Belgium will roll out the red carpet for some 5,000 airlifted Turkish workers this year, and it is delighted to get them. They sharply illustrate the fact that booming Europe's labor shortage, which has...

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