Migrants & refugees are good for economies

Esraa at work in the Stitch by Stitch workshop. © UNHCR/Gordon Welters

Research published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, suggests that asylum seekers are not a “burden” for Western European countries. Instead, it suggests that as ‘asylum seekers become permanent residents, their macroeconomic impacts become positive.’ Science Advances


Macroeconomic evidence was drawn from the data of 15 Western European countries.


‘Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, and the UK. These countries were selected on the basis of the availability of economic and migration data for the entire study period in two international databases, Eurostat and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Economic Outlook (8); this approach ensures the accessibility and comparability of the study data.’ Science Advances





In addition to not being funded this research by Hippolyte d’Albis, Ekrame Boubtane, and Dramane Coulibaly challenges ideas that asylum seekers can place a financial burden on their host countries. 




Read More: Macroeconomic evidence suggests that asylum seekers are not a “burden” for Western European countries , by Hippolyte d’Albis, Ekrame Boubtane, and Dramane Coulibaly






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