The Impact of Migration on Europe
Please join us for a public panel discussion of the impact of migration on Europe, hosted in collaboration with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).As you know, there are an unprecedented 65.6 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide, and growing at a rate of 20 people per minute. The complexity and volume of this modern-day displacement often traverses previously defined categories and roles of migration formulated in the years around World War II. An estimated 1.3 million people sought asylum in the European Union (E.U.) in 2015 alone, surpassing the peak record of 670,000 following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1990s Yugoslavia conflict. Many European nations have incurred significant costs from migration movements. A small nation of 9.5 million, Sweden is expected to have taken in a number of refugees totaling nearly two percent of its population, more acceptances per capita than any other European nation. The fiscal cost of asylum seekers reached 1.0 percent of Sweden’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2016. In the same year, Denmark spent 0.57 percent of its GDP, and Germany spent 0.35 percent of its GDP on asylum seekers. It is generally understood that this level of displacement has had a profound and unprecedented level of impact in the humanitarian, security, and economic spaces in Europe.
How can European governments and multilateral stakeholders in the region work cohesively to develop an effective and sustainable approach to migration?