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18. august 2017

EU-immigration kan være positivt for velfærdsstaten

Professor ved Center for Europæisk Politik Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen har udgivet en ny artikel i tidskriftet 'European Politics'. Artiklen omhandler det omdiskuterede emne, EU immigration, og bærer titlen: "The Fiscal impact of EU immigration on the tax-financed welfare state: Testing the ‘welfare burden’ thesis."

Tesen om velfærdsbyrden har ofte været i medierne, og er populær hos modstandere af den Europæiske Union, idet det er et eksempel på, et angiveligt ufordelagtigt del af det at være et EU-medlem. Men professor Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen har i sin nyeste artikel testet netop den tese på den danske velfærdsstat, i samarbejde med Gabriel Pons Rotger. Her har de fundet bevis for, at tesen om velfærdsbyrden ikke holder i virkeligheden.

Nedenstående er abstract fra artiklen:

"The European Union’s rules on free movement of people and the right to cross-border welfare are increasingly contested and have evoked one of the most salient debates in EU politics. The assumption that EU immigrants pose a net ‘welfare burden’ on the host member state has sounded loud and wide in recent years. This calls for an empirical test. In this article, we examine the fiscal impact of EU immigration on the universalistic, tax-financed welfare state of Denmark. We analyse EU citizens’ contribution to and consumption of welfare benefits between 2002 and 2013 on the basis of a unique dataset of administrative data, consisting of repeated cross sections of 100% of the EU population residing in Denmark. We find that EU immigrants made a significant positive net contribution to the Danish welfare state over the long time span examined and thus reject the ‘welfare burden’ thesis for the crucial case of Denmark."

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