I have come across a number of recent media & blog reports focusing on the generally positive impact refugees can have on host country economies. Here are a few:
Analysts: Refugees 'May End Up Boosting European Economies' (EurActiv.com, Sept. 2015) [text]
The Big Myth about Refugees: Refugees can be an Investment, Rather than a Burden (Washington Post Wonk Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]
- Includes links to a number of academic studies.
Economics Without Borders? (BBC's In the Balance, Sept. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for video.
"Editorial: Europe Should See Refugees as a Boon, Not a Burden," New York Times, 19 Sept. 2015 [text]
"Germany's Economy Will Grow Faster Because of the Million Refugees It Is Helping, Study Finds," Independent, 17 Sept. 2015 [text]
- References research undertaken by Oxford Economics.
If You Like Football, You Should Welcome Migrants (Brookings' Future Development Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]
Is the Refugee Crisis an Opportunity for an Aging Europe? (Brookings' Future Development Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]
"Why Welcoming More Refugees Makes Economic Sense for Europe," New Scientist, 9 Sept. 2015 [text]
- Includes links to a few academic reports.
When the Boats Arrive (NPR's Planet Money, Sept. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for podcast and transcript. Discusses impact of Cuban boat people on Miami's economy in the early 1980s.
Two other recent studies focus on supporting livelihoods in protracted displacement:
Entrepreneurship and Innovation: How Institutional Voids Shape Economic Opportunities in Refugee Camps (University of Cambridge, 2014) [text]
- See also related article in The Conversation.
Protracted Displacement: Uncertain Paths to Self-reliance in Exile (ODI & IDMC, Sept. 2015) [text]
- Follow link for report, policy brief, annexes and data.
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Issues (9 Sept. 2015)