An immigration watchdog contends that resettling refugees closer to their home countries is more affective that allowing them entry into the United States.
A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies suggests refugee resettlement in the United States can impose astronomical costs on U.S. taxpayers.
The study, which was published before the coronavirus outbreak, suggested that the average lifetime cost for each refugee is approximately $60,000. That figure bumps up to $133,000 if that person is ages 24-64, the study found.
Dave Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, says providing safe haven for refugees closer to their home country helps a lot more people per capita.
“You could feed and provide housing, and medical care," he contends, "to so many more people so you're getting a lot more bang for your buck.”
The resettlement funding could also provide a “safe haven” closer to home, rather than journeying all the way to the United States, which means a return home when peace returns.