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Oxford Professor: Helping Refugees Locally is 135 Times Cheaper Than Helping Them in the West

Migrants captured by Spanish police after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. PHOTO: AP/File

23 December 2017

VOICE OF EUROPE — According to Oxford professor Paul Collier, Western countries can help more than one hundred refugees locally, for the same money we spend here on one of them.

The professor spoke at a conference of Denmark’s Social Democracy party in Copenhagen last week. He rejected the idea that Europe should receive migrants and said:

“We spend 135 dollars for every person who shows up here, compared to one dollar for every person that we help in their own region. Those staying home are often much weaker than the ones who have the resources to get to Europe.” […]

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