If most people from country X want to move to country Y then wouldn't it be easier for country Y to simply annex country X?

That's exactly what the FRG did with the GDR.

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That was a special case since there the difference was (originally) entirely due to the Soviet occupation. And even then it wasn't particularly effective, i.e., today the former GDR is doing much worse then the former FRG and (I think) comparably to the neighboring former Soviet satellites that weren't annexed.

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by MrMind 1 min read17th Nov 2014329 comments


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