Economic Costs for U.S. States to Opt Out of Refugee Resettlement

Date of Publication: 
December, 2019
Source Organization: 
New American Economy

New American Economy took a look at what the economic costs would be if states choose to opt out of the refugee resettlement program in 2020. We find that each state may be risking millions of dollars in additional income and economic stimulus—for example, $17.1 million for Texas alone—by opting out of resettlement for just one year. These millions of dollars would also come on top of the direct loss of federal funding for refugee resettlement—money that is usually spent locally, supporting nearby businesses and the regional economy.

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