A sign welcoming Syrian refugees is placed at the entrance of the Arizona governor’s office during a rally at the Arizona Capitol in November 2015. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Refugees have been at the center of a political maelstrom, accused of everything from terrorism to being a drain on taxpayers — prompting President Trump, in one of his first official acts, to suspend the country’s four-decade old refugee resettlement program.
But a new study shows that refugees end up paying more in taxes than they receive in welfare benefits after just eight years of living in this country.
By the time refugees who entered the U.S. as adults have been here for 20 years, they will have paid, on average, $21,000 more in taxes to all levels of government than they received in benefits over that time span, according to a working paper released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research that examined the economic and social outcomes of refugees in the U.S.