Effects of the Massive Migration of Refugees in Europe

by RTremblayEthier on September 25, 2015 - 7:27pm

The purpose of this article is to explain the impacts of refugees’ immigration in Europe and convince that they can bring positive consequences their host countries. As shown in the article, the migration of this large amount of possible workers in Europe could have great economic impacts on a long-term basis. Indeed, many countries of the European Union are now facing the issues of aging populations and low birth rates (Dahlburg & Condon, 2015, para. 1). However, the integration of these refugees could involve economic investments to host countries. Indeed, in Germany, over $6.6 billion where spent to welcome 800 000 refugees (Dahlburg & Condon, 2015, para. 8). Therefore, European countries dealing with economic problems do not all posses the resources to deal with this issue.  In those, even the possible long-terms benefits may not outweigh the investments essential for linguistic, economic and psychological support to the refugees. On top of this, some countries are scared of this mass of refugees joining their population for cultural and political reasons. Not sharing same religion or same language makes a difference to their desire to welcome them. The benefits over time are still highly considered in this article. Indeed, as it mentions, a refugee going through the entire process of immigration will certainly have the motivation to finally settle down and find a job quickly, participating to the flourishing of the host country’s economy (Dahlburg & Condon, 2015, para. 25).

The population in Europe being pretty stagnant, without immigration, the rate of population would go down quickly. Therefore, according to me, the European Union should open its doors to the refugees as supported in the article. Migrants could participate to the economy greatly and play a key role in population maintenance in Europe. I think media have a huge impact on this issue because they directly meet with the population. In this case, many people got concerned by the refugee crises after the releasing of shocking images and information about it. Media have the power to open minds and can pressure the governments to act. Also, I think the Europeans have to open their mind and see the benefits that the refugees can have on their countries. In my opinion, it is inhuman to lock its country beneath barbed wire as Hungary has done (Dahlburg & Condon, 2015, para. 15) and watch other humans suffering and being so badly treated on the other side of it. In my sense, exchanges in cultures are beneficial. What if some Europeans discovered a Syrian meal that they actually loved? I am concerned by the fact that some individuals might never be happy with any decision about this issue. They are scared of losing their culture and will probably be even angrier when they will have to push their retirement further because of the aging population of their country if they do not host refugees. In conclusion, it might not be easy to go against the approbation of a population, but I think that in this case, they might approve later on and thousands of people could be saved.


J.-T., & Condon, B. (2015, September 21). Why Europe Needs Syria's Refugees: A Continent 'In Demographic Decline'. Huffington Post, Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/09/21/europe-declining-population-refugees_n_8169804.html




Your approach to the situation of refugees in your summary is very similar to my own beliefs. In my opinion, this is an important issue because it is currently one of the major debates in the world and your article presented different ways of approaching the refugee situation such as economical, cultural and political which I found interesting. I agree with your point about the European population decreasing and refugees being an asset to Europe. I believe that the media is central to any issue; the way media uses to present a certain situation can determine the outcome of the population and the government’s involvement in improving a situation. By increase awareness about the refugee situation through media, the citizens will be able to have a more thorough understanding, thus being more active in helping to help the refugees. Moreover, I think that an adaptation of the precautionary principle can be used such that the assets and the setbacks of accepting refugees in a country can be listed in order to obtain a solution with the best outcome for all. You already mentioned many assets of the refugee presence in Europe and I believe that it is an obligation to aid refugees in war situations since the application of the sustainable livelihoods approach would emphasize the bad conditions refugees live in.

Your post was done very well it was really precise and you made a lot of good points on both sides of the argument about different perspectives in the migrant crisis, such as why citizens in Europe may be concerned and why immigrants should be allowed in to European countries. A question that came across to me while reading was that there is no real guarantee if immigrants will be adaptive to the countries they are moving to and participate in their society. This is due to cultural differences as you mentioned, because for example even if new immigrants did find a job and settle down, their type of work ethic or social norm is different than their new country. I am not saying people should not be allowed in a country for this I completely agree on the benefit Europe would have from the diversification of their population, it is more are European societies able to successful merge and welcome immigrants so their country's values are respected as well as rights to the immigrants coming in.

I chose to comment on your article because the Syrian refugee crisis has become the worst crisis seen in 25 years reported by the United Nations (as cited in Mullen,2015, para.3) and I think it is important to discuss the issue. I strongly agree with your point of view on the fact that European countries should accept Syrian refugees. I would like to highlight what you mention about the fact that European countries are facing a major decline in population and accepting Syrian refugees with make them benefit from a demographic and economical point of view. I would also like to add an argument that a similar crisis happened with the Vietnamese Boat people in the 1970s. Many countries accepted the Vietnamese refugees and decades later, we realize that this community has been very well integrated and they contributed to the economy of those countries.
Mullen, Jethro. (July 10,2015). Syrian Refugee Rises Above 4 million, U.N. says. CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com

Hi,I personally find your topic very interesting as I go every year to Russia and observe with my own eyes how the economical and societal situation changes with the massive immigration of Muslim citizens from the once soviet countries such as Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. From the difference that I've observed between the year 2008 and 2015, it is true that those citizens are very good for the economy as they replace the local population in the most simple fields of work such as construction. In addition, most of the roads and buildings are new and there is quite a difference in terms of quality of life. But, It is quite hard for the local population to open their mind and accept the cultural difference of those migrants. As I have observed, even after many years, there is a lot of tensions between the two cultures as the migrants don't want to comply with the higher local standards in such terms as equality which causes racial discrimination from the local population. That is the main reason that the citizens from other European countries don't want migrants from middle-eastern countries as they fear that they will change the culture of the country that they live in.

I found this post very interesting and you state some valid points. Europe has had many difficulties in economy and politics and allowing refugees into their countries can bring benefits but also disadvantages to the already existing inhabitants. As you mentioned, welcoming refugees can help their declining population but sometimes resources are so limited that there is not much some countries can do. Take for example Greece who have recently experienced a huge financial crisis with a 3 year low of 25 percent unemployment rate (www.tradingeconomics.com) yet “in July alone 50,000 new arrivals were reported, 20,000 more than the previous month – an increase of almost 70 per cent” (www.unhcr.org). Now you may think that that number may not be a lot for a whole country but that 70 percent increase was mainly to the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, Kos, Samos and Leros (www.unhcr.org). I do agree that they should let refugees into their countries but should take a utilitarian approach to it, which is when one achieves the greatest good by focusing on what is good for the society (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilitarianism). Each European country should try and devise a plan that fits their standard of living making sure to find the best approach to utilize this crisis to their greatest good

I am currently learning about the North African and Southwest Asian realm in a World Geography course and I was interested in reading an article about the refugees from Syria. Luckily, I came across your post on this similar topic. I found your comments very interesting when covering both sides of the arguments raised in the Huffington Post. As mentioned in the article, allowing refugees into European countries can benefit them economically due to the fact that their population is declining. Although, the integration of the refugees can be a social challenge because they are different compared to migrants, in a sense that the reason behind this shift is due to different situations. Language and other factors need to be considered to properly benefit from this humanitarian contribution. Moreover, I can agree with your views on this topic because it is in fact more difficult to handle situations such as helping refugees but it will eventually be settled. There will always be people against this circumstance but it will be beneficial for the host country as well as the families that are in need of homes.

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