An interesting paper aims to evaluate the economic and fiscal effects of inflows of asylum seekers into Western Europe. It looks at a period of time from 1985 to 2015, showing that the increase in public spending induced by asylum seekers is more than compensated for by an increase in tax revenues net of transfers. And when asylum seekers become permanent residents, their macroeconomic impacts become positive. So remember: macroeconomic evidence suggests that asylum seekers are not a “burden” for Western European countries at all!

Have a look at the study:

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December 3, 2018