Around 519, 018 refugees will consume a staggering $4.1 billion in support from the federal government in FY 2017. A further $3.5 billion is projected to be spent in the FY 2018 even if the current administration were to shut down the flow of refugees entirely.
Every 5 years, the US government spends an average of $64,370 on every refugee from the Middle East, a value 12 times higher than the average spending of Middle Eastern Countries on a single refugee.
The analysis that estimates a $4.1 billion annual cost of refugees is based on the same methodology and data used in a November 2015 study from the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which concluded that “in their first five years in the United States each refugee from the Middle East costs taxpayers $64,370—12 times what the UN estimates it costs to care for one refugee in neighboring Middle Eastern countries.”
It is, however, sensible to presume that the overall welfare spending will decline the longer a refugee settles in the US.