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.
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