The Costs and Benefits of Migration into the European Union: Debunking Contemporary Myths with Facts

15 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2016

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Ivo J. Leke

University of Saskatchewan; UC Leuven-Limburg

Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: November 26, 2016

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to dispel some myths associated with migrants in order to improve socio-economic appraisal of the consequences of the recent surge of migrants into Europe. We argue that: (i) the concern about loss of Christian cultural values is lacking in substance because compared to a relatively near historical epoch or era, very few European citizens do go to Church in contemporary Europe; (ii) the threat to European liberal institutions is falsifiable and statistically fragile because it is not substantiated with significant evidence; (iii) the insignificant proportion of the Moslem population that is aligned with Islamic fundamentalism invalidates the hypothesis on importation of radical Islamic fundamentalism and (iv) the concern about social security burden is relevant only in the short-term because of Europe’s ageing population.

Keywords: Migration; The European Union; Development

JEL Classification: F20; J61; J83; K31; O15

Suggested Citation

Leke, Ivo J. and Asongu, Simplice, The Costs and Benefits of Migration into the European Union: Debunking Contemporary Myths with Facts (November 26, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2876014 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2876014

Ivo J. Leke

University of Saskatchewan ( email )

College of Education
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A7
Canada

UC Leuven-Limburg ( email )

Herestraat 49
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

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