"The GDR imported North Vietnamese 'socialist brothers' as workers, and treated them badly."
Garment workers in Rostock, 1990
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGarment workers in Rostock, 1990 - Credit: Jürgen Sindermann
Significant numbers of Vietnamese now live in Germany, but many suffered terrible abuses in the country. This article from the New York Times in 1995 shows the problems faced by immigrant workers in the years after the fall of Communism. At the time of writing, many were facing the threat of expulsion from the country, despite having given up everything at home to try to make a better life in Germany. In the end, around 40% were refused permanent residency in Germany.