Refugees pay more in taxes than they collect in benefits

Research from the National Bureau of Economic Research:

Using the NBER TAXSIM program, we estimate that refugees pay $21,000 more in taxes than they receive in benefits over their first 20 years in the U.S.

Other findings:

  • Refugees that enter the U.S. before age 14 graduate high school and enter college at the same rate as natives.
  • Among refugees that entered the U.S. at ages 18-45, after 6 years in the country, these refugees work at higher rates than natives but they never attain the earning levels of U.S.-born respondents.