Germans take in East European brethren

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The Independent Online
Germany accepted 218,888 ethnic Germans from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in 1993, a slight drop from a year earlier, the Interior Ministry said yesterday, Reuter reports from Bonn. Bonn's 1949 constitution grants citizenship to any ethnic German in the East who can prove suffering directly or indirectly from the Second World War as a result of being of German origin.

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