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Refugees - burden or resource?

| Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP

In a short amount of time refugees’ chances of getting to the Nordic countries have been dramatically reduced. In the first ten months of 2015 , before the tightening of rules, more than 170,000 people applied for asylum in a Nordic country. Many of the new arrivals will be turned down. The Nordic region will still get a solid boost of labour. The future challenge will be integration. Are refugees a threat to Nordic welfare societies? Can refugees be included in working life without lowering wages and risking the creation of a new economic underclass?

In the picture above refugees are crossing the northernmost border of Europe, Storskog, between Russia and Norway. Russian rules says you can't cross the border on foot -hence the bicycles.

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