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RIGHT FROM YOUR WALLET: It Costs: $64,370 Cost to Resettle One Middle Eastern Refugee In U.S.

The estimated cost to resettle an average, single Middle Eastern refugee in the U.S. over the first five years is $64,370 — or 12 times the United Nations estimates it costs to support a refugee staying in a neighboring Middle Eastern country, according to ananalysis from the Center for Immigration Studies.

With the Obama administration planning to admit thousands of refugees from Middle Eastern hotspots like Syria to the U.S., a new CIS report slated for release Thursday and obtained in advance by Breitbart News, compares the cost of resettlement in the U.S. with supporting the refugees abroad.

“Given limited funds, the high costs of resettling refugees in the United States means that providing for them in neighboring countries in the Middle East is more cost-effective, allowing us to help more people,” Steven Camarota, lead author of the report and director of research at CIS, said.

According to CIS, while the UN has sought $1,057 annually to support each Syrian refugee living in neighboring Middle Eastern countries it would cost the U.S. $64,370 per refugee in the first five years, or $257,481 per refugee household, to resettle them in the U.S.

“The five-year costs of resettlement in the United States include $9,230 spent by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within HHS and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) within the State Department in the first year, as well as $55,139 in expenditures on welfare and education,” the report reads.

Indeed, as CIS notes, Middle Eastern refugees in the U.S. have traditionally required a lot of public assistance, with 91 percent on food


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