Germans still debate the progress that has been made in bringing east and west together. In terms of motorways and other infrastructure, the east sparkles today. In certain social indicators, such as women’s participation in the workforce or the enrolment of toddlers in crèches, it even leads the west. But overall, according to polls, eastern Germans are still less content than westerners. After years of net migration from east to west (which only recently abated), parts of the east are depopulated, especially in rural areas. But with Germany's overall population projected to shrink, according to the European Commission, the expected influx of almost 1m migrants into the country this year could prove beneficial in the long-term.