10,000 Job Applicants: Portuguese Seek Greener Pastures in German Town: A mini job miracle has taken Schwäbisch Hall in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg by surprise. After a Portuguese journalist wrote a rosy report on the town and its efforts to seek skilled workers from crisis-plagued European countries, job applications have flooded in. More than 10,000 people have written in so far, but results have been mixed. [...]
Little happened after Greek and Spanish journalists published stories. [...]
About five percent of the mails were written in Portuguese and another nine to 10 percent in English. The rest were in German. Still, not all the applications hold much promise. "Seventy-five percent of the applicants already have jobs in Portugal and we are concentrating on unemployed Portuguese," explains Rebstock.
A few Portuguese were so excited that they didn't bother to start with an email, but instead came directly to Rebstock's doorstep to ask him about work.