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The Economic Costs to Taxpayers of Refugee Resettlement

I told you recently that the Office of Refugee Resettlement had published its 2015 Annual Report to Congress (a year late, but much better than when it was three years late earlier in RRW’s history).

If any of you citizen investigators want a winter research project, study the whole document and see what other information you can find. (Look back at some previous reports too, see here).

Below are some charts from the report (beginning on page 16) that are very instructive. And, remember readers they survey refugees and often don’t hear back from them, so I expect the numbers could even be worse then they are here (from “responding household,” those willing to talk)—and here they are bad!

By the way, when the Leftist Open Borders gang publishes economic studies that claim that refugees bring economic boom times to struggling communities, they surely don’t factor in the cost of welfare use by refugees (or the education costs, or the criminal justice system costs). LOL!, maybe they figure federal welfare dollars (grown on trees in Washington) flowing to certain communities are income to the community.

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Let’s take SNAP for example (that is food stamps).  Note that 92.5% of refugees who arrived in 2015 went on food stamps, but of those admitted in 2011, 60% are still on food stamps 5 years later!

Interesting too is the figure for housing assistance. Newly arriving refugees get very little, but after they have been here for awhile (see 2011) they find the housing assistance.

Also, note that as they are here longer, more refugees find SSI (for aged, blind, disabled or poor people generally).

Are you listening ‘welcoming’ communities?

“General assistance” is described as ‘benefits’ provided by state and local governments (taxpayers!).

Take special note of the 23% who used that state and local aid.

Aren’t we told REPEATEDLY that refugees do not cost state and local taxpayers anything! (And, this figure likely does not include the cost of educating the children).

There is graph on page 18 worth looking at which shows the same numbers in a different way.

Then here on page 19 we see a comparison between various ethnic groups and their use of welfare.

Although we are admonished by ORR to not compare statistics by country of origin, I ask, then why bother reporting this data yourself since it begs comparison?

Welfare use was highest for refugees arriving from predominantly Muslim countries in 2015—Iraq and Somalia—as shown in this table from page 19.  See that they sure knew how to suck up the state and local “general assistance” as well.

(If you are wondering, the Bhutanese are mostly Hindu, the Burmese mostly Christian, but we are admitting Rohingya Muslims from Burma now, Cubans of course are mostly Christians, Iraqis mostly Muslim, and Somalis all Muslim).

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This post is filed in our ‘where to find information’ category and in our ‘refugee statistics’ archive.

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  1. Andrea Johnson
    Andrea Johnson says:

    The reason they obtain every source of assistance available is that the agencies prioritize refugees and immigrants first before American citizens, and approve without question. Nor are they required to meet the criiteria under the level of heavy scrutiny that American citizens must endure.

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