Refugees Help Revitalize and Strengthen New York Vital to Economic Growth in Areas that Need it Most

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2019

Media Contact: Fern Whyland, Communications Director, whyland@fiscalpolicy.org, 315-436-0558

 

Refugees Help Revitalize and Strengthen New York
Vital to Economic Growth in Areas that Need it Most

 

July 19, 2019. (Albany, NY)- News that the Trump Administration is considering radically reducing refugee resettlement should be a jolt to New York’s political leadership. New York elected officials have shown bipartisan support for the resettlement program as being both the right thing to do and good for New York.

Years of research by the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) shows that immigration and refugee resettlement make economic sense for New York State and the nation. Disrupting our ability to welcome newcomers ignores our history as a nation that has grown socially, culturally, and economically through immigration.

Statement from David Dyssegaard Kallick, Deputy Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute:

Our state has a long and proud history of refugee resettlement that makes local communities and economies stronger and richer. Refugee resettlement agencies and the people they help settle are playing an important role in the revitalization of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Albany—and refugee settlement and integration are hugely successful in the diverse immigrant communities of New York City and Long Island. There is no possible justification for reneging on the country’s longstanding and bipartisan commitment to refugee resettlement. Refugee resettlement helps refugees, it helps American foreign policy, and in the process, it helps New York, too.”

Facts about refugee resettlement:

FPI is not alone in finding the positive impact of immigration as evidenced by research from the Urban InstitutePew Research Center, and the New American Economy.

No matter how people have come to the United States, whether through immigration, refugee resettlement programs, visa programs for skilled workers from farm laborers to high-tech, asylum seekers or to join family members, they have brought their talent, skills and drive to contribute to our country.

 

 

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