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What is the cost to admit (and care for!) refugees in the US?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 23, 2015

pigNobody really knows, nor does the refugee industry want you to know!

We just now reported on a leaked report in the UK that puts the figure at around $36,000 per refugee per year in the UK, but as far as we have ever seen, no official government estimate has been made of the cost of resettlement in the US.  That is why the bill introduced by Rep. Brian Babin of Texas is so important. Update:  See more on the Babin bill, here.

Syrians arrive KY

Starving Syrian refugees arrive in Kentucky earlier this year. Do Mitch and Rand know that KY is so far this fiscal year the leading Syrian resettlement state?

Here Jessica Vaughn (Center for Immigration Studies) writing at National Review (‘Help Refugees, but Stop Feeding the Refugee-Resettlement Industry’) references a Heritage Foundation report:

The Heritage Foundation has calculated that the 10,000 Syrians who would be admitted under the president’s plan would eventually collect about $6.5 billion in services over the next 50 years. Much of that would be borne by local communities.

Read it all.

And see here at The Atlantic someone did a quick and dirty calculation, but this number only represents the cost of bringing 70,000 refugees in to the country and does not include the welfare benefits refugees receive, the healthcare or the cost of educating the children.

The process of bringing refugees to the U.S. is handled by three agencies: the State Department, which leads the program, USCIS at the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Together, the three agencies spent about $1.1 billion last year. That’s $1.1 billion for 70,000 refugees, which comes to about $15,714 per person.

Getting at the real costs to federal, state and local taxpayers is an important goal going forward, but be prepared for all involved in the industry to stonewall such an effort.

Photo caption:  Go here to see how KY is Numero uno so far in October for receiving Syrian refugees (97% of those who have arrived so far are Muslims).

4 Responses to “What is the cost to admit (and care for!) refugees in the US?”

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  4. domstudent11 said

    Here’s another scary fact that could impact security (from the Army Times): Refugees in Europe will probably be housed in old Army bases that have been relinquished by the U.S. as we draw down our military presence overseas. The presence of these refugees will impact Army training activities, not to mention that potential terrorists will now be in close contact with military personnel.


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