This report by Haodong Qi (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University / Stockholm University Demography Unit) analyses the economic impact of forced migration on the host country. Specifically, it quantifies the magnitude of the costs associated with the Syrian refugees in Sweden. The results suggest that Syrians tend to accumulate large and persistent deficits over the life cycle. However, the aggregated impact of these deficits is negligible, largely because the Syrian population is much smaller, compared the native-born Swedes.

The analysis further demonstrates that only half of the deficits are channeled through the public sector, implying that the fiscal costs of hosting Syrian refugees is quite modest, which is equivalent to about 0.4% of Sweden’s annual GDP.

Read the report here.

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