Economists say 30 years of data show asylum seekers are not a burden on European countries

President Donald Trump has taken a hard line on immigration, recently telling reporters that Democrats want immigrants to “infest” the country and asserting that migrants in Germany lead to an increase in crime.

In reality, the effects of immigration are largely beneficial for cities — at least economically, according to a new study of more than 30 years of data from French government research organization the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Clermont-Auvergne University and Paris-Nanterre University.

Researchers examined the arrival of asylum seekers in European Union countries between 1985 and 2015 when the countries saw a boost in traffic due to the Yugoslav Wars between 1991 and 1999.

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