President Trump’s new executive order will have the U.S. housing less refugees here than under the previous administration.
But while you have politicians and pundits the world over screaming that we need to resettle more Middle Eastern refugees in America, they never talk about the ridiculous cost of shipping refugees half way around the world to resettle them.
An analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies has shown that resettling a single Middle Eastern refugee in the United States costs taxpayers approximately $64,370 for five years — that is a whopping 12 times more than what it would cost to resettle a Middle Eastern refugee in a neighboring Middle Eastern country in the same time period.
- 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 UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has requested $1,057 to care for each Syrian refugee annually in most countries neighboring Syria.
- 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.
- UNHCR reports a gap of $2.5 billion in funding that it needs to care for approximately four million Syrians in neighboring countries.
- The five-year cost of resettling about 39,000 Syrian refugees in the United States is enough to erase the current UNHCR funding gap.
- 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.
- Very heavy use of welfare programs by Middle Eastern refugees (91% of refugees receive food stamps and 68% receive cash assistance welfare), 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.
- 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.
The center points out that refugees are admitted for humanitarian reasons and are not expected to be self-sufficient, but given that resources are limited and resettlement costs are much higher in the U.S. than in nearby Middle Eastern countries, alternatives only make sense if the real goal of resettlement is to actually help as many people as possible.
Most of us know, however, that the real goal of resettling thousands of refugees here that no one can afford has nothing to do with helping as many people as possible… it’s about overburdening the system to collapse it, and ultimately, open borders.
Can you think of another cost effective way to avoid the high price of resettling refugees? How about not fighting offensive, constitutionally baseless regime changing wars for empire in the Middle East in the first place…?