There are so many levels on which this statement from the European Commission is offensive.
Firstly, if the refugee crisis is improving the economies of EU countries, is the Commission saying that’s a good thing?
Is the Commission saying we need more pointless wars, stirring people up out of their homes to help the economies of countries they probably never wanted to visit, even on holiday?
The report states that the UK will lose out because David Cameron will only allow 4,000 refugees into the country per year. Is this a barely-concealed bribe, to encourage us to take more?
Figures reported yesterday (Thursday) have already shown that the UK has the fastest-growing population in the western world, but that’s not the point.
The point is that the European Commission appears to be saying that the EU should take the opportunity to profit from the suffering of others – and that the UK should participate in this behaviour.
When did the EU become a pack of ghouls?
The refugee crisis is actually having a “sizeable” positive economic impact on some EU countries, European Commission figures suggest.
Economists at the EU’s executive agency say the large influx of people to the bloc from Syria and other conflict zones is likely having a positive effect on growth, employment rates, and long-term public finances in the most affected countries.
The Commission’s autumn economic forecasts 2015 calculate that the expected three million refugee arrivals by the end of 2016 will produce increases in annual GDP growth ranging from 0.2 to 0.5 per cent in EU countries affected by the crisis.
But Britain’s limited contribution for 4,000 refugees a year means it is unlikely to benefit.
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