“The transfer of old people to eastern Europe is being seen as a new and desperate departure, indicating that even with imported, cheaper workers, the system is unworkable.”

Pensioners are being sent to care homes in eastern Europe and Asia in an austerity move dismissed as ‘inhumane deportation’

The Sozialverband Deutschland (VdK), a German socio-political advisory group, said the fact that growing numbers of Germans were unable to afford the costs of a retirement home in their own country sent a huge “alarm signal”. It has called for political intervention.

“We simply cannot let those people who built Germany up to be what it is, who put their backbones into it all their lives, be deported,” said VdK’s president, Ulrike Mascher. “It is inhumane.”

18 comments on ““The transfer of old people to eastern Europe is being seen as a new and desperate departure, indicating that even with imported, cheaper workers, the system is unworkable.”
  1. lupe says:

    and yet another effect of hitler’s 3rd reich… to be continued in america as the 4th reich, aka the new babylon. hitler’s nazi fascism was transferred to the usa to re-emerge as the brave new world order of global corporate feudalism/fascism. america’s journey from agrarian-self-dependency to industrial-production global giant to consumer serfdom. with sam donaldson’s “our america not yours any more.” it was wwII victory that created the military industrial complex, and now the “greatest generation” is passing from the scene with the baby boomers completing the end of the republic.

  2. Alden says:

    This WILL come to the US .. unless US citizens beat them to the punch. At the moment the traditional values and growing wealth and health of Vietnam are looking pretty to good to me. One thing about the Vietnamese. ..they do value older people.. Vietnam as Marc Faber says is one of the most promising of the emerging markets.. We will be going there in January .. and the last trip .. it’s an amazing country in many ways have MORE freedom than the US .. and the people are fantastic. If you work through a Vietnamese you can buy a villla for 80K in Sun City or even less in the country. Older people .. might want to consider moving to some country where they will not have to worry about being loaded on box cars and sent to Aushwitz part II.

  3. karate kid says:

    i guess gerald celente was right

    last train to Aushwitz all aboard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. karate kid says:

    take away your religon take away your guns
    free love gays are good
    jesus is bad do what you want .
    all aboard!

  5. Wolferl says:

    Ulrike Mascher is a moron, I know here for decades personally. Every German is entiteled to a room in a German retirement home, paid by the German social securit system if ou don´t have enough money. But if you pay your retirement home with own money you get a much better value in a new build home in eastern or southern Europe since wages for the personnel are much lower. And eastern Europe is sometimes just 50 miles away from major cities in Germany. So if it doesn´t matter for you to stay in your hometown since your kids moved away or you have none why not move get a much better retirement home and save a lot of money. This is just another stupid British journalist who has no clue what´s going on in continental Europe.

  6. Silver Phoenix says:

    It’s government that makes living expensive, with taxes and corporate subsidies.

  7. Silver Phoenix says:

    And the communist plank of central banking.

  8. MirrorMirror says:

    @Wolferl … … old people’s homes

    It’s a racket unfortunately, and not just in Germany.
    And it is of course a “business” .. which means optimization for profit.
    In our locality (NRW), one such “old age care” family business also runs a “funeral” business as well … very tasteless if you ask me. Just imagine being looked after by a business where the owner has another family member running the funerals as well. BTW .. they are making money hand over fist.
    It costs about EUR 5,000 to get buried in Germany … and about 3,000 in the UK for a much nicer funeral BTW … if you can call a funeral “nice”.

    As to the article, yes, it’s a bit overdone … but often those living near the East German border will get a far better deal over the border anyway … so why not!

    On another note , check out this :
    Die Gerichtsbarkeit in der BRD nur noch als Handelsgerichte vorhanden


    Basically says that the Allies ( eff. NATO ) still run Germany, and not the politicians ( as Seehofer effectively said himself ). This doesn’t surprise me as I have a lot of old friends that used to be in the top brass of Nato … and that was also the impression I got from them. I didn’t realize that it was still the case today though ( 2012 ) .

  9. Banking Thiefs says:

    If you think that is inhumane, you should know prostitution is legal in Germany, no problem if that’s you’re career choice. Just it becomes inhumane when you take away the job seekers unemployment payment for not accepting the job they are offered!

  10. swell says:

    Human trafficking in gramps and grannies. What will they do next?

  11. swell says:

    @Banking Thiefs

    Fortunately, forced prostitution doesn’t pass muster with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).

    Not nearly so repugnant, but still on the list:


  12. JonnyJames says:

    Friends in Thailand say that German pensioners are moving there in relatively large numbers. The “old folks homes” are reportedly much better and cheaper than Germany or other western countries and Thai culture respects the elderly much more than in the West. Thailand sounds like a nice place to retire.

  13. JonnyJames says:

    In most states, an employer needs no reason to fire an employee unless covered by a contract or collective bargaining agreement.

  14. Popo says:


    The sad part is the growing number of elderly suicides here in Thailand. The reason is that there’s a financial bubble in Thailand and prices have soared. Lots of elderly here sold everything to move here and then go broke here because its now too expensive for them. They can’t stay here, and they have nothing left back home – so they jump from balconies and bridges.

  15. Wolferl says:

    @ Mirror @ JJ

    Of course, if you have just a low state pension in Germany, 1200 or 1500 € per month moving to countries like Turkey or Thailand is almost a no brainer, since you can live like a king there for that money. And the climate is much better during winter. It´s a bit like older people moving to Florida from northern US or Canada.

    Retirement homes in Germany have a ratio of wages to total costs of about 80 %. That´s why a room cost about 2500 € per month. The German social security system pays about 1000 to 1500 €, no matter if you are in Germany or somewhere in the EU. So you get your retirement home for almost free in countries like Slovakia but you have to use up all our pension income if you stay in Germany. So the whole thing it´s not a matter of “deportation” but a matter of a smart choise. I work for a non profit organisation here in my spare that runs two retirement homes in my hometown and even we are thinking of opening another in the Czech Republic, which is just about 80 miles away.

  16. Specky4eyes says:

    I think we will see a move back towards extended families living in extended homes, pooling resources for child and elderly care. It makes a lot of sense given the economic pressures many of us are enduring.

  17. H.Lang says:

    @ MirrorMirror
    The Nazi-Thai-Geronto-Gulag article is not “a bit overdone”, its a completely bogus propaganda fabrication.

    Every German that can not care for her-/himself at home (though there is good affordable ambulant care) is entitled to care in a retirement home IN Germany.
    If he/she can not pay for it, the cost is incurred by the public. Case closed.

    The “deported victims” of the plucky valiant Guardian “journalist ” are relatively well off privately paying citizens who want better than average care for below average prices – in Eastern Europe.

    But hey, first the Germans cut off the hands of Belgian babies, then they build the 4th Reich and now as they come for me there is no one left to help me, because everyone is already deported and left to die in Nazi-Thai-Geronto-Gulags.

    You cannot trust the British media on anything that has to do with Germany.
    Haven’t you learned that by now?

    No, you haven’t, it makes for such a good “Nazi/4th Reich story”, doesn’t it?

    Ok, the Daily Mail is having a field day with this story, I can understand that 🙂

    But Raw Story is using the picture of a “not-quite-caucasian” women under the headline “deporting”, oh Germans deporting blacks? Again?
    Ah, no, that were the jews, sorry, so to where?
    “Overseas” the Guardian says, as for a Brit “overseas” is anywhere “abroad”, or “outside”, so the Germany correspondent Kate Connolly might be forgiven for calling Hungary and Eastern Europe “overseas”.

    The Connolly story in the Guardian is so bogus that it prudently does not allow for comments on the Guardian website. The Guardian maintains it has spoken to German “deportees” who were carted off (in open train ?) to “overseas” by their callous government.

    I doubt that.

    Especially because I have never come across a “Guardian Germany correspondent” who was able to speak more than five sentences of coherent German.

    Case in point is the Guardian’s “Ex-Germany Correspondent” Luke Harding.

    Yes, that Luke Harding, that got kicked out of Russia recently for spying and propaganda (can’t kick the old MI6-black propaganda op style).
    Before going to Russia he was “Germany Correspondent” though, without being able to speak German coherently.

    He nevertheless concocted a story about how Turkish immigrant kids were most racistly forced to comply with unfairly high German language standards in Berlin schools . Them racist German bastards. He claimed he had talked to Turkish kids on Berlin playgrounds and their German language “skills” were just fine.

    In the Guardian’s comment section of that article I asked how he was able to evaluate “German” on playgrounds, for he wasn’t able to speak German, as every journalist knew, who had met him in Berlin.

    The Guardian’s comment section was immediately closed and all comments removed 🙂

    Gore Vidal once said that Britain’s foremost export was hypocrisy.
    If now even “respectable liberal” British outlets deal in slander, things must be quite desperate in old Blighty.

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