Refugee Resettlement Fact Sheets
To new readers arriving here, sorry this is out of date. The basic facts are the same, but we are behind the times with the numbers. Only excuse is that we do this as a hobby and it’s much more fun to post on hot news than to do the boring work of updating the background docs. Contacts at the end have changed some too…. will try to update those tomorrow (April 27th, 2013)
We have a new fact sheet! Readers who have visited this page before might recall that our original fact sheet was written in 2007 and was definitely out of date.
Below is our new fact sheet which was a collaborative effort between RRW and others.
1. From 1992-2001, 77% of refugees who were resettled permanently in industrialized countries came to the U.S.
(UNHCR, Refugees Vol 4, Num 129, Jan 2002)
In Fiscal Year 2009 the U.S. resettled almost three times as many refugees as all the rest of the countries in the industrialized world combined.
In FY 2010 the U.S. will take in 80,000 refugees plus at least 45,000 asylum seekers and so-called “Cuban-Haitian Entrants” – all with the same rights and entitlements as refugees. See item 19 for a definition of refugee terms.
2. Until 9/11 the U.S. took in about 100,000 refugees annually plus a large numbers of asylum seekers. When the 1980 refugee act was passed, sponsors promised 50,000 refugees per year and 5,000 asylum seekers per year.
The Obama administration is committed to increasing the refugee quota, as was the Bush administration. Much of the political elite on both sides of the aisle and business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want higher refugee admission numbers. (We maintain this is the case because they don’t really understand how the program has evolved.)
3. In recent years up to 95% of the refugees coming to the U.S. were referred by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or were the relatives of UN-picked refugees. Until the late 90’s the U.S. picked the large majority of refugees for resettlement in the U.S.
Considering that the refugee influx causes increases in all legal and illegal immigration as family and social networks are established in the U.S., the U.N. is effectively dictating much of U.S. immigration policy.
4. The focus of the refugee program has shifted from those fleeing our cold war adversaries to more diverse populations from Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East.
5. The leading refugee source countries for the U.S. program in recent years are, in order of admission numbers, Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Iran and Somalia. The program has gradually shifted towards the resettlement of refugees from Muslim countries. Some individuals from Muslim countries are Christians or other minorities, but most are Muslims. In the early 90’s the percentage of Muslim refugees was near 0; by 2000 the program was 44% Muslim. The Muslim component decreased after 911, but today is back up to at least 40% and is set to rise from here.
Today, even professed membership in a U.S.-registered Islamic terrorist group is not a bar to entry on the program as long as the refugee was not a “direct participant” in “terrorist” activity.
6. Refugees, successful asylum seekers, trafficking victim visa holders, “Cuban-Haitian Entrants” (which are mostly Cuban) and other smaller humanitarian admission groups are eligible for ALL federal, state and local welfare programs 30 days after arrival.
Refugee access to welfare on the same basis as a U.S. citizen has made the program a global magnet.
The federal programs available to them include:
∙ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) formerly known as AFDC
∙ Food Stamps
∙ Public Housing
∙ Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
∙ Social Security Disability Insurance
∙ Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) (direct services only)
∙ Child Care and Development Fund
∙ Independent Living Program
∙ Job Opportunities for Low Income Individuals (JOLI)
∙ Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
∙ Postsecondary Education Loans and Grants
∙ Refugee Assistance Programs
∙ Title IV Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Payments (if parents are ⌠qualified immigrants – refugees, asylees, ect)
∙ Title XX Social Services Block Grant Funds
7. Welfare use is staggering among refugees. Welfare usage is never counted by officials as part of the cost of the program. Yet when it is included, the total cost of the refugee program soars to at least 10 billion a year. See item 23 below for more detail and links to government reports on welfare usage.
8. As some Americans are pushed off of time-limited welfare programs many refugees are going on to life-time cash assistance programs. For instance 15.3% of refugees are on SSI – a lifetime entitlement to a monthly check / Medicaid for elderly or disabled. This rate of usage is at least 5 times higher than the rate of usage for SSI among the native-born population.
Permanent and intergenerational welfare dependence has been allowed to take hold to a significant degree in the refugee population.
9. Not in My Back Yard. Senator Sam Brownback harshly rejected the resettlement of Somali Bantu in his own state yet he is a major advocate of increased refugee and asylum seeker immigration to the U.S.
10. Medium size towns, such as Nashville,TN, Ft. Wayne, IN, Boise, ID and Manchester, NH, are serving as the main reception centers for the refugee program.
11. Refugees receive waivers for diseases, such as HIV, that would otherwise be cause for a bar to entry. Refugees are a major contributing factor to TB rates among the foreign-born. TB among the foreign-born now accounts for about half of the TB in America.
12. The money the U.S. spends bringing one refugee to the U.S. could have helped 500 individuals overseas in countries where they currently reside.
13. It has never been reported in the U.S. that 47% of loans made to refugees for transportation to the U.S. are unpaid leaving a balance of 450 million. Include interest on some of these unpaid loans and the unpaid amount is well over a billion!
14. Refugee resettlement is profitable to the organizations involved in it. They receive money from the federal government for each refugee they bring over. They have almost no real responsibilities for these refugees. After 4 months the “sponsoring” organization is not even required to know where the refugee lives.
15. The groups that resettle refugees are referred to in the media as “charities” or “non-profits” or “humanitarian organizations”. They are actually federal contractors and get the vast majority of their resources from the U.S. taxpayer. There are now at least 350 non-governmental organizations resettling refugees. They are all dependent on taxpayer funding. Increasingly these groups are made up of refugees and have as part of their agenda increasing the refugee quota, passing hate-crime legislation, increasing the size of welfare benefits, raising overall immigration numbers, etc.
16. Despite their rhetoric, refugee agencies have steadfastly refused to use their own resources to maintain the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Public money has thoroughly driven out private money.
A program known as the Private Sector Initiative allowed sponsoring agencies to bring over refugees if the agencies were willing to cover costs of resettlement and support. It was discontinued for lack of use in the mid-1990s. Today the agencies are on record as opposed to diverting more federal refugee dollars to overseas refugee assistance (where each dollar will go further in helping refugees) because it might mean fewer dollars for them!
As with other government-dependent industries there is a revolving door between the refugee industry and the federal government which pays its bills.
17. Refugee resettlement organizations (known as Volags from “Voluntary Agency”) are paid well for their work by the tax payer. There are 10 main Volags with approximately 350 affiliated organizations throughout the country; many are run by former refugees.
Below are some of the sources of income for Volags:
a. The Volags receives $1900 per refugee (including children) from the State Department, half of which they must show went to the refugees.
b. The Volag receives up to $2,200 for each refugee by participating in a U.S. DHHS program known as Matching Grant. To get the $2,200, the Volag need only show it spent $200 and gave away $800 worth of donated clothes, furniture or cars.
c. The Volag pockets 25% of every transportation loan it collects from refugees it “sponsors”.
d. All Volag expenses and overhead in the Washington, DC HQ are paid by the U.S. government.
e. For their refugee programs, Volags collect money from all federal grant programs – “Marriage Initiative”, “Faith-based”, “Ownership Society”, etc., as well as from various state and local grants.18. The refugee program is totally immune from honest press coverage. Media reporting on refugees is filled with blatant factual errors and grossly understates the true cost of the refugee program.
The program is so lucrative that the Catholic Church has dropped traditional charity works to put more effort into resettlement. It uses collection offerings to promote the refugee resettlement program.
19. Definition: refugee, asylum seeker.A refugee is a person, by legal definition, who has fled his or her country of origin because of a “well-founded fear of persecution based on membership in a political, racial, ethnic, religious or social group”. It generally means the person is unable to return home because of this persecution.
An asylum seeker is a person who merely shows up in the U.S. – having overstayed a temporary visa or having crossed the border illegally, claiming persecution in the home country on the same five grounds mentioned earlier.
The 1980 refugee act anticipated about 50,000 refugees per year and about 5,000 asylum grants per year.
The most common method of obtaining asylum seeker status is to come over on a tourist visa and then link up with an immigration consultant or refugee agency like Catholic Charities for help in filling out the paper work and help in learning what to say in the asylum interview with U.S. officials. Once you have asylum you are eligible for all welfare. Famous asylum seekers have included the planner of the ’93 WTC attack and John Lee Malvo’s mother as well as war criminals from the Balkans, Africa, the Caribbean and Central America.
20. The definition of a refugee has been widely stretched by all 3 branches of the government – the Judiciary, the Congress and the Administration. Though we have a definition (well-founded fear of persecution based on political, racial, ethnic, religion, social group membership) basically Congress can name whatever group it wants to be a refugee.
For instance Congress passed a law declaring China’s one-child policy to be an example of persecution based upon a political view. Not surprising: China now heads up the list of successful asylum seekers.
People may seek asylum in the U.S. based upon domestic abuse, FGM and even lack of services for the disabled.
21. To give an idea of the staying power of the refugee program:
When we began taking Southeast Asian refugees in the late 70’s, the refugee agencies hired temporary workers, thinking the program would only go for a few months. More than 35 years after the last American left Vietnam we are still taking refugees from South East Asia. At least 1.5 million have come in as refugees alone. As well, it has detonated chain migration of non-refugee immigrants.
22. The program is rife with fraud and corruption at all levels. UN personnel often sell access to the program and once here refugees make false claims of family relationship in order to facilitate wider immigration. Government grant fraud is common among local refugee service providers.
23. Public Assistance utilization. Latest data available is from 2007.
Find table TABLE II-14: Public Assistance Utilization Among refugees who arrived during the 5 years previous to the survey 51% are on government medical assistance such as Medicaid, 25% have no health insurance at all, 49% are receiving food stamps, 25% are in public housing (an additional percentage is on a public housing waiting list), and 32 % are getting cash assistance such as TANF or SSI.
The rates of welfare dependence are much higher today (in 2010) than they were in this report from 2007. Also, the survey method used to determine welfare dependence may under report since it relies on voluntary self reporting from individuals.
24. The refugee program has a significant impact on U.S. foreign policy. It also affects internal and foreign policies of other nations by allowing them to rid themselves of unwanted minorities or close their borders to asylum seekers in the knowledge that the U.S. will take them in.
Asst. Sec. of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, Eric P. Schwartz email@example.com
Domestic Resettlement Section Chief, PRM, Dept. of State, Barbara Day firstname.lastname@example.org 202-663-1052
Director Office of Admissions, US State Department, Terry Rusch email@example.com
Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Eskinder Negash
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