Refugees are accommodated in European countries

As refugees are given hospitality, they’re showing positive impact in turn


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Syrian refugees strike in front of Budapest Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 3 September 2015. Mstyslav Chernov/[CC BY-SA 4.0

The refugee crisis in Europe has repeatedly been on the news lately. It triggers you to think about the many people walking daily into Europe from the Middle East. Refugees are migrating to various countries including Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Italy, and the Balkans. Many hope to reach Germany as their final destination because it’s a developed country with more opportunities and social safety net.

A Syrian refugee told International Business Times, “Waiting in line to receive a registration number is a small price to pay for freedom. I am so happy to finally be in Germany. I do not care how long the registration takes, as the safety counts. And I hope that in the near future I can start working here in the city until the war in Syria is over.”

According to the Huffington Post, refugees can make a positive impact on Europe’s economy. How? Economically speaking, the more refugees taken in to these countries, the more workers they will have to contribute to the economy. Most of the refugees escaping are young adults who will eventually replace the retired workers.

Although there are costs to bringing in refugees and  providing them with healthcare, education, housing and other social benefits, there are more benefits. Europe could benefit from the well-educated migrants. For example, if the immigrant is an architect or engineer then their skills can be utilized in the economy, meaning they can help Europe’s economic growth in the future.

Mahmoud, a chemical engineer, told CNN that he was a successful businessman until he lost it all to Syria’s war. The face of his 4-year-old son is scratched from a fall at a border crossing. “It’s too tough for me to see my family like this,” he said.

Above all I do believe the European government should continue to provide refugees with hospitality in order to maintain a positive community within these countries.