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What are the benefits of taking in refugees?

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    I agree that immigration can bring benefits, but surely it is better to allow high skilled immigrants who fill a skills gap to enter instead of refugees since not all refugees possess skills that we need?

    Many refugees can't work in the UK do to having little qualifications or bad English. Therefore they would have to be supported with benefits which ultimately place a burden on the taxpayer. So why should we take refugees when we can take in high-skilled migrants instead who can fills the skills gaps?
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    You don't take refugees in to benefit economically. You take them because otherwise, they'd die if they stayed in their countries. Tf is wrong with you?
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    Picture, for one moment, the situation that Italy and Greece (the two main countries that these immigrants landed in) if Germany hadn't opened its borders. They would be suffering the full weight of the problems they cause, both the problems caused by mass movement of people and also the various but scarce problems associated with extremism. The burden has been spread across Europe, which means that these two economies are less likely to struggle.

    Also, saving lives.
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    humanity
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    They improve the economy or so I have heard
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    It's not about the benefit. It's about the fact that they desperately need help.
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    (Original post by biglad2k16)
    I agree that immigration can bring benefits, but surely it is better to allow high skilled immigrants who fill a skills gap to enter instead of refugees since not all refugees possess skills that we need?

    Many refugees can't work in the UK do to having little qualifications or bad English. Therefore they would have to be supported with benefits which ultimately place a burden on the taxpayer. So why should we take refugees when we can take in high-skilled migrants instead who can fills the skills gaps?

    Are you talking about the policy for generla immigration or for refugees?
    You fail to differentiate the two.

    Refugees is specifically about helping people who are fleeing persecution.
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    (Original post by biglad2k16)
    So why should we take refugees when we can take in high-skilled migrants instead who can fills the skills gaps?
    Because the houses in the home countries of the high-skilled migrants haven't been blown up, I would assume.
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    Not much, really. It's more of an altruistic policy.
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    (Original post by RainbowMan)
    You don't take refugees in to benefit economically. You take them because otherwise, they'd die if they stayed in their countries. Tf is wrong with you?
    But one could argue that a government should do what is best for their country and since refugees are a cost and not a benefit, there is no point taking them in...
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    You get to display that you have the moral high ground.

    You wouldn't be so cruel as to leave the refugees in Calais, would you?!
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    (Original post by Trapz99)
    But one could argue that a government should do what is best for their country and since refugees are a cost and not a benefit, there is no point taking them in...
    Aren't governments also there to impose their code of ethics on the populace?
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    (Original post by Trapz99)
    But one could argue that a government should do what is best for their country and since refugees are a cost and not a benefit, there is no point taking them in...
    First of all, nobody said they're a cost. They might not be a cost if they get a job and earn their way. They might even be an economic benefit.

    The point is however that that is not the reason why countries take in refugees. It's an irrelevant variable.
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    (Original post by Mathemagicien)
    You get to display that you have the moral high ground.

    You wouldn't be so cruel as to leave the refugees in Calais, would you?!
    No you get to actually save lives. Are people psychos in here?

    Civil war can happen anywhere and people want to know that there would be countries in the world which would do the same for them (take em in) if they ever found themselves in that position (which, to begin wtih, they themselves were not to blame for).
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    The question should be why aren't middle east countries taking in refugees? If the situation was reversed and we were fleeing Europe, do you expect Saudi and the other gulf states to let us in?
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    (Original post by Charzhino)
    The question should be why aren't middle east countries taking in refugees? If the situation was reversed and we were fleeing Europe, do you expect Saudi and the other gulf states to let us in?
    Middle Eastern countries are taking in refugees. Approximately 5million Syrian refugees are in other ME countries.

    You hold Saudi and the UK to the same standards?
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    It's not about the benefit. It's about the fact that they desperately need help.
    So tell me, why are we allowing asylum seekers from countries not affected by the Syria Crisis?

    I'm all for providing a safe haven for genuine Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS and war, not the opportunists.
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    (Original post by teenhorrorstory)
    Middle Eastern countries are taking in refugees. Approximately 5million Syrian refugees are in other ME countries.

    You hold Saudi and the UK to the same standards?
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    (Original post by RainbowMan)
    You don't take refugees in to benefit economically. You take them because otherwise, they'd die if they stayed in their countries. Tf is wrong with you?
    The cost of admitting a refugee here is much more important than in a neighbouring country, thus making it much less efficient in terms of "saving lives". You can save many more lives by giving $1bn to a neighbouring country (as living costs are dramatically lower there) than using this money at home on imported refugees (where a refugee costs about $25K a year).
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    Well the biggest one is that we then don't have their slaughter on our collective hands..

    Other wise;
    1] cheap labour
    2]dedicated and hard working workers
    3] potential to fill gaps in industry and indeed areas that have become depressed
    4] we started and/or helped the collapse of these countries thus we should take responsibility
    etc.

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