Concerns over the thousands of refugees entering Europe might have reached fever pitch, but many European politicians believe the newcomers are just what a rapidly aging Europe needs to thrive.
For the last week, images of thousands of migrants making their way northward through Europe on foot and rail have dominated the media, with scuffles between migrants and police illustrating the rising tensions and increasing struggles the authorities are facing against such an influx of people.
In a bid to alleviate the strain on countries like Greece, Hungary and Italy where many migrants, mainly from Syria in the Middle East and Africa, have arrived, plans for a compulsory quota system to relocate up to 160,000 migrants have been proposed.
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The proposal has prompted divisions between European governments and the public alike, however. On Friday, the Czech Republic's finance minister told CNBC that he wanted to see the Schengen area in Europe—comprised of 26 countries which have abolished border checks—to be closed in order to stem the flow of asylum seekers.
However, other countries including Germany, Finland, Lithuania and Sweden are seeing an opportunity in the arrivals against a backdrop of increasingly aging populations in their home countries. Such demographic changes put pressures on economies as the number of working people decline just as the number of retired workers (depending on those young workers) increases.