German hospital luring Brexit-worried Polish nurses from UK

German hospital luring Brexit-worried Polish nurses from UK
In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 photo, the Director of Nursing Torsten Rantzsch poses with his advertisement in Polish newspapers in the UK, reading "Brexit worries? Come to Germany!" during an interview with the Associated Press at a meeting room of the University Medical Center in Duesseldorf, Germany. The German hospital wants to hire Polish nurses who may leave the United Kingdom because of the Brexit. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Worried about Brexit? Come to Germany where you get better salaries, better weather, better food — and a shorter trip for visits home to Poland.

That’s a German hospital’s pitch to Polish nurses working in Britain, who are among scores of European workers worried about what will happen to their work permits and right of residence if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on March 29.

The university hospital of Duesseldorf put out the ads in two Polish weekly papers in Britain late last month. The hospital is in dire need of nursing staff and is hoping to fill that shortage with experienced professionals whose time in Britain may be running out.

Tens of thousands of European Union citizens currently living and working in Britain are concerned about what will happen to their status when the UK leaves the bloc.