Arriving Refugees Boost US Government Revenues

Posted by Terrence Isert, September 20, 2017

A draft US Health and Human Services report quantified a net positive boost to the US government coffers from newly arrived refugees. As reported in the NY Times, the study analyzing economic cost of refugee resettlement programs versus the cost of admitting them over a 10-year period from 2005 – 2014. The initial findings found a $63 billion net positive increase to US government revenues. The draft report can be found here.

Responding to Refugees: Here and Abroad

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Terrence Isert

Interesting news highlighted in an op-ed by Senators Corker and Coons with regards to a new Food for Peace Reform Act. The legislation, originally submitted in 2015 and resubmitted depicts one of many critical needs for refugee support services in international settings such as the developing famine crisis in Sudan.  Beyond basic needs of food and shelter, refugees resettled in the U.S. require a variety of psycho-social, education, health care and economic development services. These services help speed up the process of assimilation which in turn can provide economic benefits both to these new American households but also to their newly adopted communities.