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Serbian guest workers head for Slovakia

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A labour shortage means that wages are better inside the EU.

DEJAN, a 51-year-old Serb standing outside a scruffy apartment block for migrant workers in Nitra, an hour’s drive from Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, couldn’t be happier. He has a job in a factory making parts for televisions and earns €450-750 ($540-900) a month, depending on the season. Back in his hardscrabble town of Zajecar, in eastern Serbia, there are hardly any jobs and even if he could find one, he reckons he would earn only around €180 a month.