The report titled “Is what we hear about migration really true? Questioning eight stereotypes”, carried out and published by the Migration Policy Centre re-thinks eight migration stereotypes in the light of research findings.
The report examines eight common stereotypes on migration and asylum, like ”we don’t need migrants”; ”migrants steal our jobs”, or ”economic migrants are trying to cheat our asylum systems”. During the presentation of the Report, Commissioner Malmström said: “We have to act to counter xenophobic and racist influence on political agendas in EU countries. Europe cannot afford to ignore the benefits of immigration and to undermine Europe’s recovery from the crisis”
In fact, if the opinion that migration is a threat rather than an asset prevails, there is a risk that European States will forego the benefits of immigration. In doing so, it will undermine Europe’s recovery from the crisis and, ultimately, its position of importance in the world. However, if the consensus shifts and European societies come to see migration as a dynamic and positive force, then migration and migrants can and will help these societies better prepare for future challenges. In order to ground the debate in current evidence, and to counteract populist stereotypes, the MPC’s experts re-think eight migration stereotypes in the light of MPC’s research and broader academic scholarship.
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