From Struggle to Resilience: The Economic Impact of Refugees in America

Report Author: 
New American Economy
Original Date of Publication: 
June, 2017

This study provides insight into a small and often misunderstood segment of the foreign-born population. While much of the political rhetoric describes what refugees cost the United States in the first eight months of their stay—the short period when they receive government resettlement assistance—this report clearly demonstrates the strong upward trajectory experienced by many refugee families in the country long term. It also echoes what many county executives and community leaders from places as varied as Los Angeles to Lewiston, Maine have long said publicly: Rather than representing a drain on their communities, the high rate of labor force participation of refugees and their spirit of entrepreneurship are instead helping to sustain them.


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New American Economy (2017). From Struggle to Resilience: The Economic Impact of Refugees in America. New American Economy. 


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