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The High Cost of Resettling Middle Eastern Refugees


As Americans continue to debate what to do about the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, this analysis attempts to estimate the costs of resettling refugees from that region in the United States. Although we do not consider all costs, our best estimate is that in their first five years in the United States each refugee from the Middle East costs taxpayers $64,370 — 12 times what the UN estimates it costs to care for one refugee in neighboring Middle Eastern countries. The cost of resettlement includes heavy welfare use by Middle Eastern refugees; 91 percent receive food stamps and 68 percent receive cash assistance. Costs also include processing refugees, assistance given to new refugees, and aid to refugee-receiving communities. Given the high costs of resettling refugees in the United States, providing for them in neighboring countries in the Middle East may be a more cost-effective way to help them.

Among the findings of this analysis:

  1. On average, each Middle Eastern refugee resettled in the United States costs an estimated $64,370 (or $12,874/yr) in the first five years, or $257,481 per household.
  2. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has requested $1,057 to care for each Syrian refugee annually in most countries neighboring Syria.
  3. For what it costs to resettle one Middle Eastern refugee in the United States for five years, about 12 refugees can be helped in the Middle East for five years, or 61 refugees can be helped for one year.
  4. UNHCR reports a gap of $2.5 billion in funding that it needs to care for approximately four million Syrians in neighboring countries.
  5. The five-year cost of resettling about 39,000 Syrian refugees in the United States is enough to erase the current UNHCR funding gap.  [$2,510,430,000]
  6. The five-year costs of resettlement in the United States include $9,230 spent by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within HHS and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) within the State Department in the first year, as well as $55,139 in expenditures on welfare and education.
  7. Very heavy use of welfare programs by Middle Eastern refugees, and the fact that they have only 10.5 years of education on average, makes it likely that it will be many years, if ever, before this population will cease to be a net fiscal drain on public coffers — using more in public services than they pay in taxes.
  8. It is worth adding that ORR often reports that most refugees are self-sufficient within five years. However, ORR defines “self-sufficiency” as not receiving cash welfare. A household is still considered “self-sufficient” even if it is using any number of non-cash programs such as food stamps, public housing, or Medicaid.
  9. Refugees are admitted for humanitarian reasons, not because they are supposed to be self-sufficient, so the drain on public coffers that Middle Eastern refugees create is expected. However, given limited resources, the high cost of resettlement in the United States means careful consideration should be given to alternatives to resettlement if the goal is the help as many people possible.
[Byline Karen Zeigler, Steven A. Camarota]
November 2015

Read more at the Center for Immigration Studies

Note the additional economic impact of immigrant related crime and national security monitoring is not included in this data.


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Now consider this:

Total U.S. revenue represented a slight increase over 2015, according to the agency’s monthly budget review, when the feds took in $2.672 trillion over the same period. But the federal deficit for the ten month period was much larger than last year. The feds this time took in $514 billion less than they spent, compared to $466 billion in 2015.

Adjusting for inflation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the feds in the same period last year took in the equivalent of $2.717 trillion in 2016 dollars, while coming up short $473 billion. 

CBO analysts reported, the deficit is now expected to climb by at least $56 billion due to a decrease in expected revenue. That will bring the annual deficit closer to $600 billion, representing a vast increase over last year’s total of $439 billion.

The growth in spending is attributable mainly to mandatory (Social) programs and interest on National debt  …Taken together, the(se) areas account for roughly two-thirds of annual federal spending.
(Excerpt) Washington Examiner


Twelve states hold the key to a constitutional challenge to the increasingly controversial U.S. Refugee Resettlement program.

The constitutional argument is that the federal government, without the permission of these 12 Wilson-Fish states, has “commandeered” state funds by placing refugees in their states, thereby obligating states to pay Medicaid expenses for the refugees, in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In effect, the federal government is imposing an unfunded federal mandate by regulatory fiat, rather than statutory authority, on these 12 “Wilson-Fish alternative program” states.

There is much more, continue reading here.

Refugee Resettlement Watch

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