In the aftermath of Brexit, British politicians have strategically avoided the refugee crisis. Even while campaigning for the EU referendum, the Remain camp paid little attention to the subject over fears of dividing voters sympathetic to the ideals of the pan-European project.  It’s not difficult to see why. Britons watched 1.1 million refugees pour into Germany in 2015.[1] Fears of a similar reality in the UK drove many citizens to vote Leave on June 23.

The UK has been largely unaffected by the influx of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. Following Brexit, migrants’ path to the UK doesn’t get any easier. Although integrating such a large number of migrants isn’t without its challenges, there is an economic case for accepting them.

For all the challenges associated with the refugee crisis, it is already having a “sizeable” positive impact on the EU, according to the European Commission. Economists at the central agency say refugees will have a positive impact on economic...

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