Lancet: migrants increase GDP and the standard of health of the host country

«Migrants bring health, recovery and strengthening of the social sphere», — to such conclusions the authors of the report of the Commission on migration and global health the Lancet (one of the most famous, oldest and most reputable General medical journals, founded in 1823).

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Published in the Lancet report, the experts made a bet with the world’s leading politicians, confident that migration is bad for their countries. «For 2018 in motion was almost a billion people. Migration is a global reality. A large part of migration occurs within countries with low and middle income (LMIC), but the political debate has focused almost exclusively on migration is from LMIC to countries with high income (HIC). About 3% of the entire migration,» the report says.

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First medical journal disputes the position of politicians, claiming that migrants carry disease. According to the report, on average, migrants come from poor regions, tend to live longer than local, are sick less often, which means healthier society and «improve the overall degree of a room».

Second, anti-immigration policy appeals to the fact that migrants supposedly increase pressure on social infrastructure. Here doctors refer to the international monetary Fund, which can hardly be accused of excessive compassion. According to the IMF, «the increase in the number of migrants among the adult population by 1% increases the average GDP of the host country is 2%».

«Currently, the populist discourse is to demonize migrants, despite the fact that they support the economy, strengthen social services and contribute to the development of medicine — as in the places of origin and places of arrival. Those who are in high positions in government and in the economy, continue to limit or to publicly condemn migration to promote their own interests», — concluded the authors of the report.