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!

Where is the money taken from?


It is delightful to read such a positive article. Most of the articles I have been reading about the possible economic impact of current asylum-seekers and about the past have been negative. Since I am don't expertise of national economics and cannot judge the situation myself.

However I am worried when I see that the some of the money that is used on asylum-seekers in Europe is taken from development aid money and it looks like health care and social budgets are affected too. I don't think it is fair to cut development aid budgets, when about six million kids under the age of 5 (according to recent UNICEF statistics) are still dying from reasons that easily could be be prevented (clean drinking water, better hygiene, vitamins, vaccinations etc).

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