mouche wrote:...In Norway we estimate that the total cost for the present refugee crisis could cost the country in the region of 100 BILLION euro!...
An interesting assessment. According to the article that you linked Norway is going to receive 20,000 Syrian refugees but according to the Official Government Web Site
it is going to take 1,000. Seems to be a certain amount of innumeracy in Norway?
Assuming we work with the official figures, since from your previous response you obviously don't believe newspaper reports, if Norway spent €100 billion on 1,000 refugees that would imply €100 million per refugee. What is Norway going to do. House them in gold plated palaces? Even taking the 20,000 figure it would mean €5 million per refugee. I find such figures totally incredible. Is the article published by the Norwegian equivalent of UKIP? The EU is giving Greece €100 per refugee so I can understand why you would think this is an overgenerous amount.
Norway has so far received directly across its border with Russia about 4,000 asylum claimants. That is in total. Greece can receive that many on one stretch of coast in a single day. Most of that 4,000 Norway simply sends back. Many of them cross from Russia because they have right of residence in Russia so it is extremely easy to send them back. Most enter Greece from Turkey but have no right of residence there so it is extremely difficult to send them back.
I don't know what percentage of the refugees arriving in Greece actually apply for asylum in Greece. I am fully aware that most pass straight through but not all. It would only need 1 in 800 to remain in Greece for Greece to be absorbing in one year as many as Norway is taking in total. Norway has a GDP over double that of Greece. Norway also has a sovereign wealth fund that is around three times Greece's debt. Norway has an unemployment rate around 4 %. Since there is always a percentage of the population that are unemployable for one reason or another, 4 % represents full employment. It will be relatively easy, therefore, for Norway to absorb the 1,000 refugees it intends to accept into the work force. I would expect them to become productive members of Norwegian society very rapidly and hence generate income for Norway rather than cost Norway money. Greece has an unemployment rate overall of 25 % and around 50 % for young people. Most of the refugees are young. It would be impossible for Greece to absorb refugees into the work force so any that do stay will remain a burden on the state for a long time.
Looking at these figures I can see why you think Norway is facing such a tremendous burden and why you believe it is so easy for Greece.