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Feb 12 2018

The Welfare Cost of Refugees

Whether it is motivated by a conscious desire to displace the American population with the peoples of the Third World (as explicitly expressed, for example, by Joe Biden) or by well-meaning do-gooder foolishness, importing refugees is not cheap. A recent study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform found the following:

• The cost per refugee to American taxpayers just under $79,600 every year in the first five years after a refugee is resettled in the U.S.;

• In 2016, the State Department spent nearly $545 million to process and resettle refugees, including $140,389,177 on transportation costs;

• Of the $1.8 billion in resettlement costs, $867 [m]illion was spent on welfare alone;

• In their first five years, approximately 54 percent of all refugees will hold jobs that pay less than $11 an hour;

• $71 million will be spent to educate refugees and asylum-seekers, a majority of which will be paid by state and local governments.

• Over five years, an estimated 15.7 percent of all refugees will need housing assistance, which is roughly $7,600 per household in 2014 dollars.

That isn’t even counting national security and law enforcement costs, which have the potential to go through the ceiling due to the Muslim terrorism that is inevitably imported along with the refugees. Good thing taxpayers have plenty of money and don’t mind getting murdered for the greater glory of multiculturalism.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.



  • Mr. Freemarket

    $79,600 per year, time five years equals $398,000. That’s a lot of money in anybody’s language.

    Just wondering….is that %398,000 inclusive of the bureaucratic costs, or do we pay extra for them???

  • Steven Yarnell

    “Of the $1.8 billion in resettlement costs, $867 billion was spent on welfare alone”

    This is how much I disapprove of that kind of mathematically impossible budget!

    http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/shamwow-vince-look-of-disapproval.jpg

  • J-

    The Dems are right. Refugees and Illegals are better than US citizens. Better at what the Dems care about, living on the government dole.

  • Ol’ Uncle Lar

    Multi[ply by 2 for the “Administrative costs”.

  • Typo in original. Thanks for catching.

  • hoagie111

    Then multiply that by two since they never give the true cost of anything.

  • greaterthepete

    Think I’m going to declare refugee status, they make more than twice what I do!

  • Anonymous

    Not to mention all the collateral damage like Kate Steinle et al…
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C80WNj4UAAA5MVE.jpg

  • Dan T

    We should send all illegals out of our country and stop all immigration into our country until further notice. Just think how many things we could be spending that money on. Try it, the American people might actually like it. Maybe some of that money could be used to actually educate our students, instead of indoctrinating them, so that they can grow up to productive adults instead of welfare recipients.

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