I just bought a bike from a guy who is ethnically Czech but has lived in Sweden most of his life. He is therefore bilingual in Czech and Swedish, but he also spoke to me in excellent English and is studying here in Germany so I'm assuming his German is beyond acceptable (hmm...should I tell him about this forum? ) Anyway, he told me he lives in Sweden (he actually said, "I come from Sweden" so I guess he considers it his home now) because his family fled the Czech Republic (or I guess, the former Czechoslovakia) from the Russians. I guess that shouldn't have come as a surprise, but I had never considered the idea that citizens of Communist countries had to flee their homelands. Was this a common occurrence? What percentage of people from previously Communist countries have had to flee? How many of them are still in foreign countries, and how many of them have returned to their own countries? I would appreciate any information about this issue, whether from official sources or from personal experience.