Migrants and Economics

With more and more Syrian migrants and refugees fleeing their homeland due to civil conflict, many countries within Europe are becoming concerned on what this intake of refugees will do to their nations economies. Tens of thousands of refugees have already entered Europe on asylum to escape the conflict between the Syrian government, its opposition and renowned terrorist organization ISIS or IS. With this, approximately “9,000 migrants arrived in Greece every day last week, the highest rate so far this year“, putting an enormous strain on the already injured Greek economy, putting strain on the Greek import and export markets that touch virtually every nations in Europe and several nations abroad, including the US. The greek government as well as other nations across Europe, such as Germany or the Balkan states must expand and divide their resources set aside for their own people to accommodate these refugees, pushing the boundaries of their economies, resulting in “11 EU states and three non-EU countries met to discuss how to handle growing number of migrants”. Part of such negotiations include the “discouragement of the movement of migrants to neighboring countries’ borders without informing neighboring countries” or “appointment of contact officers who can submit information on migrant numbers to other countries and authorities”. All this in hopes to save precious resources and areas to house, feed and pay medical attention to these migrants.

Following a main migrant route, may families and individuals must go through Turkish and Greek borders first before entering central Europe, though many pass through, may are stuck or choose to stay in Greece or Turkey, thinking the closest safe area to home will be the best option, sadly, many are mistaken. Similar to a dam in a flood, Greece and turkey are overwhelmed with migrants, “There is only space for 200, but more than 1,000 are here. Those who can afford it stay in hotels”. Others speculate this will surly put a damper on the greek tourist industry which generates a seizable amount of revenue for the nation.

Other nations however see the flood of migrants into Europe in positive light for their economic own gain. Russia is aiming to aid the Syrian’s against ISIS troops in hopes of showing good faith for the EU to lower its economic sanctions against the former soviet power.  These sanctions are in place in part my the Russian invasion of Crimea which was frowned upon, not only in Europe, but across the globe, including the US, which pushed for sanctions as well.

The main question that is passed across these articles is not one of what to do with these migrants, but more so how to distribute them across Europe while protecting the economic and social health of the nation that takes in these migrants.

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3 thoughts on “Migrants and Economics

  1. This really shows both sides of how the refugee crisis can hurt or help an economy for a particular country. The problem here is that there are a lot more migrants then any one country has been able to handle. Some have said that these refugees if used in the right way can help the economy. Although right now the EU is struggling to deal with the influx of refugees that are coming by the thousands to countries all across Europe. The point about Russia trying to help Syria against terrorist groups in the region, I think is not really right. I see it as Russia just using its power to further there goals in the region, which really isn’t going to help them get there sanctions lessened.

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  2. I suspect that the people of Greece and Turkey will come to be very resentful of the migrants, possibly eventually restricting access to the country. Either way, I predict that the migrants will have some hostilities coming their way. This is such a complicated issue because ideally, states want to help migrants, but at what cost? Where is the law drawn between being good natured and being practical? Overcrowding in areas leads to poverty and crime, which is good for neither the migrants or the states.

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  3. I think that this is a really difficult issue for states to resolve. It makes me think about what the refugees are going through, the tragedy of needing to flee ones home in such a way. I think that right now with the large influx of refugees, states might be in a state of confusion as to what the best course of action would be to take. I definitely agree that the main issue is to spread the numbers out more evenly between countries, though how this would be accomplished I am not sure. The most important thing I think is that everyone’s issues on all sides are heard and dealt with fairly, but in a way that remains compassionate to the refugees and sympathetic to what they are going through.

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