Wed, 15 May 2024 Feature Article

Globalization: life-threatening situation for most Germans

Globalization: life-threatening situation for most Germans

Unlike international trade which has been around history for centuries, globalization has added new dimensions to it. Egyptians, Romans, Africans, and Chinese e.g. have traded for generations around the world. The Hanse in Germany and Europe dominated trade in their territories for generations, a very powerful and dynamic network across Europe.

Manufacturing abroad or sourcing raw materials or components from outside to be incorporated into a national assembly line has gained momentum. Modern tools of communication accessible to the many stimulate the driving forces that move globalization ever faster.

What makes globalization different from international trade is that processes in all aspects of the value chain are standardized and therefore can be subject to international courts of e.g. the Court of Arbitration or International and European Court of Human Rights e.g. to rule over working conditions. These new instruments give market players the much-needed confidence and reassurance that global trade as globalization is profitable to engage in.

The new open doors are intended to be a great chance for nationals to leave their nations and experience exciting foreign cultures as well as return home with new ideas seen abroad. Modern economies depend on the exchange of people across borders.

Instead in European countries like Germany, it becomes a life-threatening situation. Most EU countries have a welcoming public and privately organized infrastructure for legal migrants. Nationals who return home after 5, 10, or more years are trapped in the network of national ignorance. A physical address is key to reintegrating society. When parents, friends, or relatives are dead or incapable of accommodating the returning relative and his possible family e.g. Germans get stranded. To rent an apartment three pay slips are needed from a workplace inside of Germany as a guarantee for the landlords to release the confirmation of residence. To find work someone must have an address of residence and a health insurance cover. To get health insurance coverage the Germans returning must provide an address to be registered under proven by the landlord. The vicious circle is in full swing, the cat eats its tail as a German saying goes.

Germans speak German and know the German culture. After many years abroad German laws and rules have changed very much to the surprise of the Germans settling in back home. For e.g. allowing the Germans to rent a Post Office Box for 6 months as a first physical address is out of the question for the German authorities and living in a hotel is too costly besides not a sign of confidence to potential employers.

Before leaving Germany these aspects must be and are a consideration of many Germans. They accept or ignore the risks of living abroad for a considerable time. The idea of globalization being a chance for German nationals and Germany as an economy is a life threat to all Germans leaving on their own without a company backing them up.

Europe and especially Germany should play fair to their citizens and set up help for the reintegration of nationals as much as they provide for legal migrants.