Tuhin Chakraborty
Aug 23, 2017

The Financial Costs for Refugees

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According to a study done by the Center for Immigration Studies, a middle Eastern refugee settling in America costs tax payers over $12,000 annually. However,the cost of resettling a refugee in a neighboring middle eastern country is much lower (about 1/12 the cost). Then the simply question is: instead of directly absorbing refugees, why doesn't the US help neighbors of countries like Syria take in refugees though economic means? The financial burden would be much less.

 

https://cis.org/Report/High-Cost-Resettling-Middle-Eastern-Refugees?gclid=Cj0KCQjwz_TMBRD0ARIsADfk7hRYPRc8N3Um9sBvRKAlZx3WJR3nIXuZYsNxpYz3IvP3-7X6rt9CBYIaApcbEALw_wcB

Rachna Shah
Aug 23, 2017

This is definitely an interesting notion that I hadn't considered. This statistic is particularly striking to me: "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."

 

Why do you think that the US hasn't done this so far?

Rachna Shah
Aug 23, 2017

Also, what are your thoughts on the fact that certain Middle Eastern countries have been disproportionately accepting refugees (Lebanon and Jordan) more than others (e.g. Gulf countries)? Who should the US provide funds to?

Tuhin Chakraborty
Aug 24, 2017

The US is trying to seem moral by adopting refugees from half way around the world. While this is a compassionate action, the financial costs are not quite worth it. The US cannot coerce other countries to accept refugees effectively, so the US should work on helping the countries that do accept refugees financially.

Rachna Shah
Aug 24, 2017

Do you foresee the current and future US administrations doing so?

Tuhin Chakraborty
Aug 27, 2017

I do not see the current administration as being capable of doing anything constructive in that are, but hopefully future, more organized administrations, will.

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