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ARA on OPEN’s study: Els refugiats aportaran a l’economia el doble del que la UE gastarà a acollir-los

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Cristina Mas interviewed me about my OPEN/Tent study on refugees for Catalan newspaper ARA on 18 May. “Els refugiats no són una càrrega a evitar: són una oportunitat que ha de ser benvinguda. Com va passar amb els espanyols que fugien de la dictadura de Franco, la gent que emigra per motius polítics també pot contribuir econòmicament a la societat d’arribada. Els refugiats aporten com a treballadors, empresaris, inventors, consumidors, …

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Ouest France on OPEN’s study: Les réfugiés rapportent plus que ce qu’ils coûtent

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Marié Awenig interviewed me in Ouest France about OPEN and Tent’s refugee study for a piece on 20 May. Les gouvernements devraient en priorité intégrer les réfugiés et les demandeurs d’asile sur le marché du travail. En France, les procédures de demandes d’asile prennent du temps, parfois des années. Pendant ce temps, les demandeurs d’asile sont exclus de l’emploi. De même, très souvent, les gouvernements ne reconnaissent pas les diplômes …

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France 24 on OPEN’s study: L’accueil des réfugiés peut rapporter 126 milliards d’euros à l’UE

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France 24 covered OPEN and Tent’s refugee study on 18 May. “L’Europe doit prendre des mesures pour accélérer l’intégration des demandeurs d’asile et leur permettre d’avoir accès au marché du travail au plus vite”, écrit Philippe Legrain. Read the article in full here. Photo copyright Lpuisa Gouliamaki, AFP

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CityAM on OPEN study: Former EU adviser says refugee crisis could boost growth and wages in ailing European economies

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City AM, the top business newspaper for Londoners, featured OPEN and Tent’s study on its front page on 18 May. Jake Cordell quoted me as follows: Legrain is calling on governments to make sure they help refugees integrate, find work and contribute. “Refugees are often seen as a burden to be shared or shirked, when in fact they are an opportunity to be welcomed,” he said. Read the piece in full here

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Guardian on OPEN study: Refugees will repay EU spending almost twice over in five years

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Patrick Kingsley wrote a piece about OPEN and Tent’s Refugees Work study in the Guardian on 18 May. “The main misconception is that refugees are a burden – and that’s a misconception shared even by people who are in favour of letting them in, who think they’re costly but it’s still the right thing to do,” said Legrain in an interview. “But that’s incorrect. While of course the primary motivation …

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DW on OPEN study: Investing in refugees pays off, study finds

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Martin Kübler wrote about OPEN/Tent’s refugee study for Deutsche Welle (DW) on 18 May. Given the political backlash to Europe’s refugee situation and the “policy confusion about how best to make use of refugees,” the analysts felt “sound economic evidence and policy recommendations are needed right now,” Legrain said. He added: Governments should understand they are welcoming refugees for humanitarian reasons, but that these people also have a lot to contribute. “It’s …

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Refugees Work: A humanitarian investment that yields economic dividends

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Investing one euro – or dollar – in welcoming refugees can yield nearly two in economic benefits within five years. That is a key finding of OPEN’s new report – to our knowledge, the first comprehensive, international study of how refugees can contribute to advanced economies – which is co-published with Tent, a foundation whose mission is to help forcibly displaced people. Amid the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, developed countries …

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