Video/Immigration: time to shift the debate
A too narrow focus on numbers and regulation in the debate doesn’t allow to fully assess the impact of immigrants. Their economic choices and behavior are a very important factor, explains in this video Joseph-Simon Goerlach of the Department of Economics, which are in turn shaped by immigration policies. Long-term and permanent immigrants tend to be more similar in their behavior to non-migrants and the debate thus needs to shift to policies and schemes that encourage with incentives immigrants to stay longer or permanently so they integrate and learn host country specific skills and the language – factors which have a positive impact on their economic performance. With positive benefits for the host country also in terms of the fiscal contribution of immigrants and on the demand for goods and services. But it is fundamental that immigrants and refugees have clarity about these schemes, since uncertainty reduces the incentives.