HHS Reports Refugees Grew Economy in 15 Years

The department calculated that the generated revenue exceeded the costs of relocation and support.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report this month that found that refugees and asylees in the U.S. had a net positive effect on the domestic economy, adding $123 billion over the course of 15 years. 

The department manages resettlement services for refugees and asylees residing in the nation. Studying HHS data documenting federal, state, and local economic information between 2005 and 2019, the department’s planning and evaluation office found that $457 billion was spent on relocating and supporting refugees and asylees, while over $581 billion in revenue was made through their income, sales, and property taxes.

“This historic federal study is important data-driven evidence demonstrating that over time, refugees, asylees, and their immediate families have made significant positive fiscal contributions to our country,” said Secretary Xavier Becerra. “I hope this report becomes a key reference for decision-makers in all levels of government when it comes to refugee resettlement.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Secretary Becerra as he heads the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • For HHS officials to be discerning as they assess and review the data on immigration and revenue.

Sources: Department of Health and Human Services


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