Sociopolitical, Economic And Environmental Implications Of Refugees

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A refugee is an individual who leaves their home country owing to insecurity while seeking asylum in a foreign country that hosts them. According to Collier (2013), refugees are only beneficial to their host country to a given extent beyond which they become a burden. Hence, refugee numbers must be regulated to maximize the benefits of refugees while minimizing the demerits of refugees to the host country (Farazmand, 2014). This essay will discuss that the beneficial or disadvantageous attributes have sociopolitical, economic and environmental implications that must be evaluated to gauge the capacity of the country concerning the intake of refugees. Pundits on economic matters argue that refugees bring with them many benefits that are associated with the development of the host country’s economy (Agier, 2008). One such benefit is that the host country benefits from labor provided by the refugees. In that regard, a pool of skills, …show more content…
In that regard, the discussed sociopolitical, economic, and environmental merits and demerits play a central role in the development of the host country. Sociopolitical advantage includes cultural integration and tolerance while negative implications include cultural takeover. Economically refugees can bring labor and skilled expertise. However, too many refugees can lead to scarcity of jobs creating unemployment. Environmental damage occurs when refugees over utilize resources such as wood and water destroying the environment. Nonetheless, such refugees can maximize use of resources that were once underutilized. Therefore, the host country needs to evaluate each of the sociopolitical, environmental, and economic positives versus negatives. Ultimately, through adequate measures, host countries can regulate the rate of inflow of refugees thereby maximizing the benefits while minimizing the risks as

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