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It should be noted that, unlike the majority of refugees who don't get past the giant refugee camps in Turkey, a large part of the Afghan, Pakistani, Syrian and Iraqi refugees reaching Europe are middle-class and educated: people who hope to get by with their technical and language knowledge. The brain-drain aspect of migration was the focus of Metatone's Periphery, migration & decline diary, and I fear it will have even stronger long-term effects on those four crisis countries than on Southern Europe and formerly communist EU members.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Sep 1st, 2015 at 03:40:54 AM EST

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