I recently got a great update about a Syrian guy I knew in the Jungle in Calais, as he’s been staying in the spare room of a lovely lady I met here in London.
Her words stuck with me…
She told me that it has taken him 9 months…literally only 9 months…to settle in to the UK, learn the language fluently, set up a business and employ his first British employee.
And then she said…
“We worry about refugees coming to the UK and using up resources or being a drain…but if we compare this to having a baby (which also takes 9 months and no one has anything negative to say about that), we are getting much more return on investment right?”
She said it jokingly…but it was a point I had never heard raised like this before, and it really got me thinking.
Can these two additions to our population be compared when it comes to our economy here in the UK?
What do you think?
Photo taken in the old camp in Grand Synthe, Dunkirk.