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Refugees: A boon to Europe and the U.S.?

EconoMeter panel considers the economic upside of refugee crisis

Roger Showley, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Friday, September 18, 2015

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES

The crisis demands assistance and relief on a humanitarian scale with no other solutions immediately apparent. Some positive economic impacts may eventually result, assuming effective and efficient screening filters out criminals and jihadists. Sending money to Middle Eastern countries to take in the Muslim refugees would make more sense than the West entirely absorbing them. Positive economic effects may evolve over the longer term so long as refugees assimilate and enmesh western values, culture and traditions.