Economic and social responsibilities of refugees

Economic and social responsibilities of refugees
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What can refugees do to address the fears of many Europeans that they will be an economic and social burden to Europe.

Real Economy host Maithreyi Seetharaman spoke to @ian_goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University.

Maithreyi Seetharaman, Euronews: “What can refugees do then to alleviate the worries of people who are going to host them..because you never hear the other side?”

Ian Goldin: “Refugees can do a great deal. I mean first and foremost of course the overwhelming majority of refugees are law abiding and just desperate to lead a decent life and we need to respect their needs.

“But their ability to learn the local languages, to ensure their skills are applicable, to respect the customs and laws of the country they’ve arrived in is absolutely vital too because we are their hosts and its important that they always remember that.

“The overwhelming majority do but we get the isolated incidents that become the source of propaganda, that become the source of tensions, which the right wing extremists play on.

“It’s very important to recognise these concerns and deal with them. We have to respect both the rights and responsibilities. The rights are that people should be treated fairly; responsibility is that they respect the laws of the land.

“Well, many of these people are incredibly skilled and of course they are also very brave. What they’ve gone through is just quite extraordinary and often out of extreme circumstances.

“So I think, they, many of them work in occupations where they are over qualified to do the jobs and that requires a lot of patience a lot of dignity for people to do that..and we do see that they do do this.

“But I think accepting that it takes time, accepting that it is difficult for the host societies, there is an adjustment process for both sides in this and over a period of four or five years one will see the real breakthroughs if the host society is prepared to make the necessary efforts and the refugees are.”

Bonus links for further information

European Commission Analysis of Economic Impact of Asylum Seekers

International Monetary Fund Analysis of Economic Impact of Refugees

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