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Why Do People Migrate? Part 1: Facts

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This article from The Economist puts the finger on the painful question of the "economic cost" of hosting refugees.
Read the article and comment on the European experiences in this respect in your journal.
You can also comment on what others have done in their own journals!

Are refugees and immigrants a burden?

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One the main worries about the flow of refugees and immigrants in Europe is that they may become a unbearable burden on the pubblic purse.

Many people also think that the labour market can change and that the new arrived could have better access to jobs and leave the local people without. Actually it seems that - in case of the immigrants - they use to get low-skilled jobs giving the citizens of the country the push to look for better payed ones.

Today is not easy to forsee what will happen. Many of the new immigrants and refugees are young people who - according to some analysts - could even help the rise of the GDP instead of being a burden for the welfare system.

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