Economics

Admitting Syrian Refugees Is Good Economics

Immigrants make an economy grow faster.

Needed on the shores of Lake St. Clair.

Photographer: Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images

My ancestors weren’t officially refugees. But some of them came to the U.S. from Lithuania in order to escape the Russian draft during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904. Serving in the czar’s poorly equipped, badly managed armies was a ticket to an early grave. 

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