Pros And Cons Of Refugees

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Hundreds upon thousands of refugees, Syrians in particular, flood into Europe from their war-torn lands searching for a place of solace. Many people believe that helping these refugee seekers should be a priority, but others believe that they should be sent back to where they came from because one among thousands might be a terrorist. The refugees seeking asylum can not be turned away because people are afraid that one may be a terrorist. Accepting refugees will help the economy, and if not accepted, they may become an easy target for extremist groups. Everyday, people from war-torn nations apply for asylum in hope for a better life. This hope for the future drives people to make the journey from the middle east to the European Union, however; …show more content…
However, many people are afraid that these programs will worsen the economy, and it would be better if the government did not assist the refugees in their new nation. However, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, nations that offer refugees legal residence “have been shown to boost economic growth and employment rates” (Mueller). If a country helps refugees, they in turn are helping themselves. That country will become stronger than it would have been if it did not accept refugees. Furthermore, refugees find jobs faster than any other type of immigrant (Mueller). Refugees want to make their new nation their home because they want to live somewhere safe, and they want to assimilate themselves into their new culture. Furthermore, the European Commission says that due to the three million refugees coming in the annual gross domestic product will increase between .2 to .5 percent (Mueller). This means that the value of goods and services within Europe will increase. This is good for Europe because it means that the economy is growing. It may take some time and money to get the refugees to start a life in their new nations, but in the end it will help many nations become …show more content…
For example, Hungary is building fences to keep refugee seekers out, and they have set an eight-day deadline to review their applications (Zavis). When Hungary closes its borders, it makes this crisis harder on the countries that do welcome these refugee seekers. Furthermore, eight days is barely enough time to check over an application to make sure that someone does not pose a threat. Because of this, many applications are rejected because it was not fully reviewed in time. However, some countries take to long to go through extensive criminal and terrorist background checks. For example, in the United States of America, where 10,000 Syrian refugees have been taken in, it takes 24 to 36 months for an applicant to become refugee (Speckhard). These people are in immediate danger, and they need help now. It is important that refugee seekers go through background checks to make sure that there is no threat; however, the time it takes cannot be too short or too

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