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The media often characterize immigrants and refugees as a burden, according to my guest this week, CGD board member and former deputy secretary-general of the UN Mark Malloch Brown. Lord Malloch-Brown says that past experience shows that refugees not only land on their feet after fleeing their circumstances, but are a “shot in the arm” to the economies of countries they arrive in.

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