Young people who have recently immigrated to Canada from Germany
are discovering many differences between the country they left
and their new home.
"Our government in Germany is very stupid," says
Victor Friesen."Our government owes other countries 40 to
50 billion dollars. Yet, it wastes money on out-of-date jets."
Friesen is an exchange student from West Faleu in Northwest
Germany, who is attending school at Garden Valley Collegiate
Andreas Doerksen, another German student at GVC, came to Canada
with his family from Nordheim, in northwest Germany.
"People are more relaxed in Canada," Doerksen says.
"Germany is all about time."
Since East and West Germany were re-united in October of 1990,
unemployment has grown in the Eastern German region and many
citizens there have protested. Those living in West Germany,
on the other hand, are upset by the high taxes needed to cover
With his native country undergoing major changes, Doerksen
suggests many Germans
desire a more stable and relaxed pace of life.
If the sentiments of Victor Friesen and Andreas Doerksen are
typical, immigration from Germany to Canada may continue. Winkler
is already home to two German families and by late fall, many
more German families are expected to settle in southern Manitoba.