This paper examines both the costs and benefits associated with accepting refugees and purports to show that accepting refugees is economically beneficial; increasing GDP in the long run. There is a substantial cost associated with accepting and sustaining refugees, both in providing necessities and in the impact that refugees have on local job markets. However, longitudinal data pulled from Denmark, Germany, and Turkey has shown that local markets do recover from the initial shock. Over time as refugees integrate into their host communities, they provide dividends in the form of increasing demand, greater mobility and wage increases for locals, and propensity for entrepreneurship. These dividends overpower the initial shock to the market and have left countries with a GDP that is higher than before their acceptance of refugees. This paper also examines how some policies affect how fast refugees can begin to provide dividends, and how successful they will be in contributing to the economy.



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