For fifty years, the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program has been providing safe harbor to refugees fleeing persecution, violence and genocide – the majority of which are children and families.
While the program is humanitarian in nature, our nation has greatly benefited from the economic contributions, and unique skills and experience, that refugees have provided.
According to the International Rescue Committee, 85% of refugees they had resettled were employed within 180 days of entering our country.
Economists have found that refugees contribute billions more in taxes than they receive in benefits, and that refugees are more likely, compared to others, to create their own businesses and create jobs.
Many of America’s greatest minds, such as Albert Einstein and Sergey Brin, founder of Google, came to the US as part of the Refugee Resettlement Program.