Economics of refuge

The average refugee becomes a net fiscal contributor just eight years after arriving [in America].”

-From asylum-seeker to taxpayer, The Economist, April 21st 2018.

While we shouldn’t have to make economic arguments in order to justify assisting desperate people fleeing war, persecution and oppression, it is still worth noting that it is wrong to assume that refugees are a drag on the host economy.

Still, the myth that refugees are a long-term financial burden persists in the minds of many.

How can we overcome such misunderstandings?

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