Oxford professor: helping refugees locally 135 times cheaper than helping them here

Voice of Europe and Danish Uriasposten report on Oxford Professor Paul Collier’s recent speech for Denmark’s Social Democratic Party in Copenhagen. Collier is quoted as saying:

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.


Almost everyone coming to Europe from countries where they were already safe… The idea that this group has an enormous need for help, is simply irresponsible and a result of intellectual laziness.

Original quotes are from an article in mainstream Danish newspaper Berlingske. Translation from Voice of Europe.

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