The footbridge is narrow, with a high fence on both sides. From Monday to Friday, Grzegorz walks it twice a day. Cars pass underneath his feet; the sun has just risen. He looks ahead, at men and women who, like him, are walking towards Gate Six. The Skoda Factory is the very heart of Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic. It occupies one-third of the city’s area and employs over 15,000 people. Czech teenagers make plans to work for the company in the future: there are schools at Skoda – a vocational and technical school, and there is a university outside. If you graduate from the Skoda School, you are guaranteed a job at the factory. Many residents also work in dozens of plants on the outskirts of Mladá, which supply parts for the production of the company’s cars. The number of foreigners in the city has been growing for several years now: Slovaks, Poles and now also Ukrainians. There is even a Facebook group “Poles in Mladá Boleslav” with nearly 700 members. Employment agencies lure them here with promises of much higher wages than in Poland. Online advertisements offer 31,000 CZK (over 5,000 PLN) for a paint shop employee, but often the salary turns out to be lower. When small groups...