The Massive Fiscal Costs Of Refugee Resettlement

As the immigration debate in our country rages on, some outfits are busy crunching the numbers on exactly what different sorts of immigration cost U.S. taxpayers. North Carolina ranks high on the list of states with elevated fiscal burdens stemming from illegal immigration, for instance. Now, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has released a report on the cost of admitting and resettling refugees form all over the world – to the tune of $8.8 billion

“As the nation considers what levels of immigration we can fiscally and environmentally sustain, it is important to understand the costs of resettling both refugees (people seeking refugee status abroad) and political asylum seekers (those applying for refugee status from within the United States).

According to a new study released by FAIR, the annual cost to U.S. taxpayers is $1.8 billion and over five years, that financial burden skyrockets to $8.8 billion.


  • 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 million 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.”

Nearly half resettlement costs to be spent on welfare? This is exactly why immigration reforms are needed that insure legal immigration that bolsters America’s strength, instead of the giant ‘Get Your Welfare Here’ sign America has been displaying to the Third World for far too long.

The report goes on to mention that these estimates do not take into account the added costs associated with “any incurred national security and law enforcement costs associated with some refugees who pose a threat. The total price of additional vetting and screening expenditures, law enforcement and criminal justice costs, and federal homeland security assistance to state and local agencies is hard to quantify.”

Democrats on Capitol Hill have demonstrated their desire to forever use immigrant populations as political foils. States have been forced to absorb refugees without even being notified by federal authorities about who is being placed within their borders.

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Gov. Roy Cooper and State Attorney General Josh Stein can be counted on to always take a ‘compassionate’ stance on refugees, while North Carolina taxpayers and families pay the costs.

Read the rest of the report here.


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  1. There are large “non-profits” generally associated with national churches that profiteer handsomely in handling refugee placements. If states would heavily regulate these non-profits they would probably drive the non-profits to settling the refugees elsewhere.

    Today, many economic migrants abuse refugee and asylum laws to come west. These people are not properly vetted. Many lack documents and will tell whatever tale will get them in. They are often coached on the magic things to say to gain asylum status. A good example of their dishonesty is when Norway started doing dental development examinations to verify age of those asylum seekers claiming to be “unaccompanied minors”. They found that 90% of them were really adults who were lying about their age.


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