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October 21, 2016

The Impact of Migration to the Developed World

At the dawn of the 21st century, our planet is in the throes of an unprecedented mass migration of people from the developing world to the developed world. Civil strife and regional wars are large factors in the movement of a veritable flood of people. Ultimately, mass migration will have a positive effect on the global economy because the dramatic influx of immigrants translates to increased economic growth in the developed nations that accept them.

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Recently, Syrian refugees have garnered the spotlight, creating both a national and global stir. According to Martin (2015), the current migration of Middle Eastern refugees will help push the global economy forward (Martin, 2015, internet). Martin (2015) adds that, despite international concerns, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are brimming with confidence about this issue (Martin, 2015, internet). Thus, worldwide economic authorities are in accord about the positive impact that refugees will have on the global economy.

However, there are also concerns about the illegal passage of terrorists into neighboring developed nations. Slack (2016) asserts that unaccounted-for terrorists are also entering the EU (Slack, 2016, internet). Indeed, this is an undesirable aspect of mass migration from developing nations into developed nations. Thus, policies must be enacted that prevent negative outcomes, such as the Paris bombings. Although the situation is far less than idyllic, adequate consideration of the pros and cons presented by mass migration must be given by politicians and citizens.

Despite these concerns, the situation has not yet stabilized, and only time and tolerance will allow developed nations to ascertain the impact of their new neighbors. Certainly, an influx of immigrants will benefit all parties concerned down the road, both economically and socially.

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