The Migration Policy Institute, a leading organization on migration policy and research, released a fact sheet in October 2015 to address myths concerning refugee resettlement in the United States. Among other key facts, the following are outlined and examined. To download a copy of the full research paper, visit the Migration Policy Institute website.
- Employment: The U.S. refugee resettlement system emphasizes self-sufficiency through employment. Refugee men are employed at a higher rate than their U.S.-born peers with two-thirds of refugee men employed during the 2009-11 period, compared to 60 percent of U.S.-born men.
- Security: Refugees are intensively vetted for security threats before being resettled in the United States. The U.S. government thoroughly screens refugees' backgrounds--an intensive process involving the Department of Homeland Security and State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other national intelligence agencies. Of the 784,000 refugees resettled in the U.S. since September 11, 2001, three have been arrested for planning terrorist activities.
- Resettlement Funding: Although the Federal Government funds refugee resettlement assistance, funding has been limited and the program is a public-private partnership. Non-profits and community groups offer substantial support for refugee families above and beyond government funding.
- Education: Refugees are more likely to have a high school degree than other immigrants, and just as likely as U.S. born residents to have graduated from college.
In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services constructed a study that found a $63 billion positive fiscal impact from refugees over a 10-year period. Read the internal study published on the New York Times website.
Executive Order Explained
President Trump’s executive order addressing United States refugee resettlement and immigration policy has created significant confusion for refugees, other visa applicants/holders, and resettlement agencies. The information presented in our blog post will help you understand the direct implications of the executive order. Please note that this information is not legal advice but instead provides the best answers LSS/NCA and our national affiliate, LIRS, can provide at this time. The impact of the executive order may change depending on a variety of legal and political factors.
President's Refugee Cap
Information and details about the refugee cap set by President Trump are coming soon. Please check back for more details.
- Economic Benefits of Refugees
- Refugee Resettlement State Profiles
- Refugee Council USA 2017 Advocacy Toolkit
- Letters and articles, national and state-by-state, demonstrating welcome for refugees
- Letter from former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security
- Letter to Congress from 20 Former National Security Officials
- White House Infographic: The Screening Process for Refugee Entry into the United States