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MIGRANT

AND REFUGEE

MYTH-BUSTER

POSITIVE

NARRATIVE

TOOLKIT

HATE SPEECH

TRACKER

ABOUT

MIGRANT

AND REFUGEE

MYTH-BUSTER

Hate begins with fear, and fear is so often built on lack of understanding. And it's easy for the facts about migration to get lost amid misconceptions, dramatic headlines and "fake news."

On this page you can find some of the most common "myths" associated with migrants and refugees. Simply click one to get the facts - you might be surprised!

MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES ARE

STILL ARRIVING IN LARGE NUMBERS

MOST OF THE PEOPLE COMING TO

EUROPE AREN'T 'REAL' REFUGEES

EUROPE'S BORDER

CONTROLS ARE TOO LAX

NON-EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

AREN'T PLAYING THEIR PART

THE EU IS IMPOSING MASS

MIGRATION ON ITS MEMBER STATES

MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES ARE

A BURDEN ON PUBLIC SERVICES

MIGRANTS ARE A THREAT

TO EUROPE'S IDENTITY

 
 
 
 
 

MYTH #6

MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

ARE A BURDEN ON

PUBLIC SERVICES

In general, economic migrants tend to become net contributors to the economies of their new home countries, rather than becoming a “drain” on public services. This is particularly true of migrants from rich and middle-income countries – and, despite the headlines, this group still represents over 90% of all new arrivals in the EU!

 

As for refugees, it’s not always so easy for them to find work. Their uncertain legal status often excludes them from employment – something which many believe should be changed. But even despite these limitations, the news is more positive than you might think. In Germany, around 40% of newly-arrived refugees are already in work or vocational training. That’s roughly 400,000 new doctors, teachers, technicians, chefs, musicians, social workers… and counting!

In the longer term, as Europe’s population ages and healthcare costs rise, let’s focus less on what our hospitality costs today, and instead think about the contribution that refugees and migrants could make to our societies in the long term – with the right support.

 
 

What's next?

HELP TO CHANGE

THE CONVERSATION

HATE SPEECH AND THE

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

If we speak up together, we can tackle anti-migrant hate speech! Our tips will help you build a more positive narrative - at home, at work and online.

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Let's make #EP2019 more positive!

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