A German friend of mine claims that the refugees in Germany aren't contributing to society and are draining the economy. You guys have anything on hand I can use to prove them wrong?
“Refugees = drain on German economy.” Your friend, having posited this hypothesis, now has to provide supporting evidence. The burden of proof lies with them.
Of course in doing so, your friend will have to explain the following:
a) if refugees have been such a drain on the economy, why has per capita GDP in Germany increased every year for the last six years?
(SOURCES: x, x, x, x)
(*Bloomberg News is reporting that Germany’s 2016 economic growth was fueled by “domestic demand” - the kind of domestic demand created in part by thousands of people arriving with nothing and having to replace everything!)
Seems to us that any reasonable person that wasn’t a xenophobic shitbag would look at the data and have to conclude that, if anything, refugees have been a positive impact on the German economy. This is probably due in part to the thousands of new jobs and billions of € in new social housing that’s been created in Germany as a direct result of the arrival of refugees.
It’s not just in Germany, either. Sweden, which is the European country that is hosting the largest number of refugees per capita, is experiencing an economic boom as a result. Other countries that have enjoyed the economic benefits of refugees and other migrants include Australia, Canada, Kenya, the UK, and the USA.
This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that bothers to think about it. Thousands of refugees arriving to a country = thousands of people that need to replace all the things they left behind + a very real incentive for host countries to spend money on social housing, education, etc. instead of giving that money away to billionaires in tax cuts, etc. like they’d normally do. Refugees are going to spend the money they have in the communities they’re making homes in, not hide it in a tax evasion scam or in a Swiss bank account or spend it on a luxury vacation in an exotic locale.
You want the most glaring example of the refugee economic effect in semi-recent history? The Mariel boatlift, 1980: 124,000 Cubans were exiled from the country; nearly all of them arriving in Miami that year - a city with a population of around 300,000 at the time. What impact do you think the arrival of 124,000 penniless Cubans had on Miami’s economy? Well, if you listen to the economist that studied this, you’ll find that the impact was neither none @ all or it actually created more jobs than were taken up by the Cuban newcomers.
Your “friend” is full of shit. Time to make some new friends.