Some Countries See Benefits in Migrants

“Some Countries See Migrants as an Economic Boon, Not a Burden,” from the Wall Street Journal:

Montreal–Lined with cafes and bustling with newcomers, the streets of this eclectic port city, where French and English are spoken interchangeably, could easily be mistaken for a fashionably shabby district of Paris or Brussels.

Successive waves of immigrants—first from Europe and more recently from Asia, Haiti and North Africa—have shaped the city’s shops and restaurants, lending an international character to the vibrant downtown.

But there is a big difference. In Montreal, as in much of Canada, many of these immigrants have found full-time jobs, and their educational achievements often exceed those of the broader population. In Europe, the gap is wide. The unemployment rate among non-European citizens in the 28-member EU is 20%, double that for the population at large…

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