Political Scrapbook: Investing in Welcoming Refugees can Yield Nearly Twice the Amount in Economic Benefits

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Political Scrapbook reported on OPEN/Tent’s refugee study on 18 May.

It is the first comprehensive, international study of how refugees can contribute to advanced economies, and focuses on what returns a country can get by investing in refugees.

How a country responds to refugees makes a big difference, its points out. At one extreme, the US gives refugees a burst of initial help, after which they are expected to fend for themselves. At the other extreme, Sweden has traditionally provided refugees with generous social support, but made it hard for them to work. While Sweden now focuses much more on getting refugees into work, barriers to employment remain high.

Read the full piece here.