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natalia his own children are visiting her today for the final months of the pregnancy natalia has to live close to the clinic in kharkiv normally she lives with her children and her partner dimitra in a town some fifty kilometers away. this is her own attalia makes money there is virtually no work to be had here demitra earns the equivalent of about two hundred euros. the rich that but of course we aim to give our own children a good start in life. it's not easy to find work here and to support a family. that we made this decision and so our children will be better off. because sure. natalia hopes to pay for her children's education and to become self employed she's not the first surrogate mother in her town an acquaintance told her she could make a living by helping other couples to have children but many questions remain some
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practical but also psychological. it's interesting the baby hears russian the whole time inside my belly but then becomes a german child. when. i tell you has to say goodbye to her own family for now. while will say hello to grandma for me. couples from all over the world come to this clinic on the outskirts of kharkiv among them the german couple whose baby daughter natalia is kerry they wouldn't talk on camera fearing they would be recognized at home. another woman from germany did talk to us we'll call her ana she's in her early forty's and has unsuccessfully tried to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization six times she and her husband refused to consider adopting a surrogate mother for a donor egg cell was the only option left in germany that's illegal ana sees this
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as hypocritical in germany surrogacy is prohibited even though many well known and wealthy people do so. and then the youth welfare office treats you like the worst criminals ever. these cases are lucrative for the clinic in hockey the doctor in charge explains that a surrogate pregnancy with a donor egg brings in at least thirty thousand euros sometimes twice that amount and depends on the specific needs and wishes of the parents ukraine hosts a few hundred surrogate pregnancies each year he says with demand growing customers are coming from as far away as latin america and australia. more and more are coming in ukraine has become a popular destination for would be parents for what they'd have to pay for just one attempt in the us we guarantee
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a healthy pregnancy here. makes it easy for new parents. about a month after we last met natalia she's back home with her family the baby she carried inside her for nine months is now with her german parents they picked her up right after she was born. little bit of. to be honest i did feel pretty confused after the birth. by him on the one hand you understand that it's not your child it is the bulls this foot on the other you want to know all about it but the the if you carry it in you for nine months of. but i wouldn't call that the maternal instinct i. know i felt very clearly that it wasn't mine. goes through a storm or know why your and how do you feel about it. newsnight i miss it somehow of course it's not our child but i've gotten used to it during the
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pregnancy. when the baby was born it was almost the way it was with our two children i would like to see it again just for you. the german parents want to stay in touch with the surrogate mother too at least they promised they would says an italian would she do it again she won't rule it out and the demand there is growing and growing. those enjoying life in europe's large cities such as bratislava slovakia have to dig deep in their pockets to rent or buy an apartment while those who can't afford a metropolitan way of life move to rural areas where living costs are much lower many are settling down in the countryside of nearby austria a transition made simple thanks to the freedom of movement in the e.u. well we went to the small village of tipsy in austria to see what impact the influx from slovakia is having. it's almost impossible to find an
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apartment here in bratislava for whatever real estate agent b. artifact a chauffeur has to offer she finds takers immediately this one for instance sixty square meters for seven hundred fifty euros if it was for sale it might cost some three thousand euros per square meter virtually an affordable for the average wage of one thousand euros in slovakia's capital. when people buy an apartment here they go into debt for the rest of their lives or for thirty years at least they take up mortgages with all the risks involved that's and i'm going to thank you kiran bratislava wages are a bit higher but even so to rent or buy an apartment here in the center at least two wage earners have to go in on it together. some people who rent even live three to a flat if the landlord allows it might. as
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bratislava grows and blooms many slovaks are moving to neighboring austria. just a ten minute drive takes them out of the big city and across the border into the broad flat austrian countryside. here in two thousand and thirteen this low but a family made their dream of a house and garden come true. so new work says a teacher in brought a slava while her husband martin has a business in the tourism sector. now they and their children are austrian residents the cost of living was another important factor. it's because you're comparing the capital a fairly big city with the countryside it's like the edge of the world in austria here in those days i. think most of the people in kid say have no problem with the slovaks but some are uneasy with the rapid growth of the village.
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one resident says strangers only used to come here during the africa harvest festival. is going to hit me on many of the rural character is disappearing more and more. integration is of course not all that easy if you've got nine hundred kids a residence trying to integrate fifteen hundred slovaks. it's slow going but it's working here this. skate always gets your legs work well it's working even better for the soccer club the slower sun heinrich is on the team the slovaks are also active in village life. so kids say is becoming a multicultural community. even though i think sports are a good way to integrate to get the kids playing with each other. and i don't think the younger generation and the generation of our children will even be debating this issue in the years to come. it will help us yeah it's
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a debate that being. well other austrian villages no longer have enough kids for one soccer team kids a has enough for two coach roland has no problem finding new recruits he can't say exactly how many are slovaks. but really there's a reason for it there it's an enormous advantage because so many more kids are here and that means a lot more talented kids in the four years i've been coaching the team the football club has grown immensely box and that's a huge advantage not just for the team but for the community far enough for the orchard securities and for it then yeah yeah i mean kids say austria europe is growing together on the playing field says sonya slow but at the border that was once the iron curtain between austria and slovakia is fading into oblivion. while it's or near a peon countries like slovakia have already joined the e.u.
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other nations such as albania are eager for membership but a major hurdle is standing in their way the country has become one of europe's leading hubs for the production and trade of illegal drugs albanian authorities.

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