Germany is Housing Refugees in Communist Ghost Towns

1/6/2016 - Economics Professor Giovanni Peri in Foreign Policy.

Some think the German government can fix two problems in one stroke. As winter deepens, the country is scrambling to find accommodations for the newcomers who submitted more than 425,000 asylum applications during the first 11 months of 2015. Tent villages have cropped up across the country; barracks, hostels, and former airports are housing others.

“It could certainly slow down the transition,” said Giovanni Peri, a labor economist at the University of California, Davis. “In countries where labor markets are relatively competitive,” he said, “immigrants actually tend to be employed even more than the natives.”

Read the full story in Foreign Policy.