Cost American Taxpayers Pay for Middle Eastern Refugees

Center for Immigration Studies just released an extensive breakdown of what taxpayers take on financially for Middle Eastern refugees to live in America. Full report here. Overall, it’s very expensive. Here are some notes from the study but clicking the link above you will get a full grasp of the research put into this report.

Here is some of the costs:

On average, each Middle Eastern refugee resettled in the United States costs an estimated $64,370 in the first five years, or $257,481 per household.

The 2013 Annual Survey of Refugees shows the following welfare use rates for Middle Eastern refugee households: 32.1 percent receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), 36.7 percent receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), 17.3 percent receive General Assistance, 91.4 percent receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also called food stamps), and 18.7 percent live in public housing. The refugee survey also reports that 73.1 percent of individual Middle Eastern refugees are on Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance.6

Even after they settle, with their lack of skill set and education, they do not economically rise up concerning their wages. Government welfare still must continue to support them:

The Annual Survey of Refugees shows that the average hourly wage for all refugees who worked was just $9.79 an hour in 2013. Even those who worked and had been in the country for five years at the time of the 2013 refugee survey still earned only $10.50 an hour on average. ORR also reports that 38.9 percent of all refugees both work and receive cash welfare


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