Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ten Facts About U.S. Refugee Resettlement


A new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) fact sheet examines some of the key questions, and provides answers regarding refugees’ employment and educational attainment, use of public benefits and poverty levels, economic advancement and citizenship acquisition, the screening protocols for would-be refugees, and the likely integration picture for Syrian refugees.

The fact sheet demonstrates that:

  • Refugee men are employed at a higher rate than their U.S.-born counterparts, while refugee women are employed at similar rates as native-born women.
  • Most refugees quickly become self-sufficient, meeting a key goal of the U.S. resettlement program, with their use of public benefits declining and incomes reaching near-parity with the U.S. born as time in the United States increases.
  • The track record of the U.S. resettlement program and the extensive, multilayered security screening that occurs before admission have offered little reason to believe that the program will be a conduit for terrorists.


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