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Study Claims American Taxpayers Pay Up to $133,000 Per Refugee In U.S.




According to a new report from Center for Immigration Studies, American taxpayers are billed up to $133,000 per refugee resettled in the United States over the course of a lifetime.
CIS researchers explain, “No plausible model, not even the National Academies’ best-case scenario, comes close to suggesting that refugees who enter as adults will be net fiscal contributors.”
“Refugee-specific costs add about 22 percent over and above the cost of other immigrants, but low education by itself is enough to push adult refugees’ estimated fiscal impact well into negative territory,” they add.
Each refugee resettled in the U.S. cost American taxpayers anywhere on average between $60,000 and $133,000 over the course of a lifetime, according to research by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
CIS researchers said the average refugee will cost taxpayers roughly $60,000 over a lifetime.
Adult refugees, however, cost upwards of $133,000 due to low education.
The Trump administration has said it will continue to cut refugee admissions in 2020 by reducing former President Barack Obama’s refugee inflow by at least 80 percent.
If this is true, then a maximum of 18,000 refugees can be resettled in the U.S. between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020. However, it could be less since this is the maximum amount allowed.
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The researchers argue “it may be possible to help a greater number of displaced people overseas rather than paying to settle them” in the U.S.
“Overseas assistance could allow some refugees to eventually resettle in countries where they have stronger cultural or historical ties than they do with the United States,” the CIS researchers write…
Trump sought to allow American communities and states to have a say in whether they wanted to resettle refugees in their towns and cities, giving them veto power. A federal judge, though, has temporarily blocked that executive order from taking effect.
The federally mandated refugee resettlement program has brought more than 977,000 refugees to the U.S. between 2002 and 2019 — a population nearly double the size of Wyoming, where 577,000 residents live. In that period, about 109,000 refugees have been resettled in California, 85,000 resettled in Texas, nearly 59,000 resettled in New York, and more than 48,000 resettled in Florida.
Refugee resettlement costs American taxpayers nearly $9 billion every five years, according to the latest research. Over the course of five years, an estimated 16 percent of all refugees admitted will need housing assistance paid for by taxpayers.

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