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Crashing the System: Analysis Shows it Costs 12 Times More to Resettle Refugees Here in the US

An anti-Assad protester carries the Syrian freedom flag in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 9, 2013. PHOTO: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

By Piper McGowin | 9 March 2017

THE DAILY SHEEPLE — 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.

Key findings:

  • 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. […]
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