Migration affects both the sending and host countries in many regards. One key cluster of effects is connected to the world of the economy. In this article, we discuss the potential and actual impact of immigration on host economies, with a clear focus on Europe. To this end, we briefly overview the relevant literature, assess the European experience with particular attention to the migration crisis of 2015, and finally attempt to add some thoughts to the perennial debate on whether immigration is good or bad for the host economy. By Szabolcs Janik deputy director of the Migration Research Institute.
Szabolcs Janik is a political scientist and economist, currently conducting his PhD studies in political science at Corvinus University of Budapest.