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Syrian refugee Yamen, 10, who attends school, walks past lines of laundry at an informal settlement in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Friday, 10 June, 2016. ?I only did one year of schooling before the war. The school here is very different from school in Syria. Here we are cramped into a bus. The transport was better there but I think I might be learning more here. I am studying English and French and I never did that in Syria. My dad worked in Lebanon before the crisis and now he?s working in construction. It was him that wanted me to register for school, it wasn?t even up for discussion. I like French classes because the teacher is nice and she always wants us to learn something new. This is my first class photo. I never had one taken in Syria. We were to do it but then the war broke out." #ImagineaSchool - In December 2016, some 13.5 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and are either internally displaced or have become refugees. Currently, 1 million Syrian refugees are registered in Lebanon, of which half are children. Unregistered refugees are estimated to number around half a million. Before the crisis, Syria had some of the highest literacy and school attendance rates in the Middle East and North Africa. Nearly six years into the violence, half of all Syrian children - or 2.8 million - in Syria and neighbouring countries, are currently out of school. Protracted crises like the one in Syria not only temporarily interrupt children?s education and lives, but they often also close the door on education for a lifetime. Syrians parents are fully aware of the importance of education, but with seven in 10 registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon living below the poverty line, their socioeconomic situation is often so serious that they are left with no choice other than making their children work. Employing children is illegal in Lebanon and failing to meet children?s basic right of education quashes their hope of a normal childhood and impedes

Resettling refugees in the US costs taxpayers money. But how much?



WATCH | Here's what resettling refugees costs the U.S.

It’s hard to put a figure on how much taxpayers spend on resettling refugees.

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a pro-refugee group, told us that because of all the different agencies involved that it is almost impossible to quantify.

But we thought we’d try and to start, you’d have to understand the process.

Most refugees get recommended for U.S. resettlement by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Most of the security vetting is done by the Department of Homeland Security along with the State Department, which also does refugee admissions.

Once in the U.S., there's the Department of Health and Human Services who help refugees ease their way into American life.

And like everything, vetting and then easing refugees into America costs money.

So let’s do some math:

Based on State Department numbers in 2016, they budgeted $656 million on refugee admission. The Department of Homeland Security budgeted $50 million. And the Department of Health and Human Services budgeted about $720 million.

So all in all the U.S. in 2016 allocated about $1.4 billion to settle refugees in America. And all of this went to settle the 84,994 who came to America in 2016. By our math, that’s about $17,000 per refugee.

The five-year cost of taking a refugee from the Middle East to the United States is more than $60,000.
Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of CIS

But the conservative Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) thinks that number is low since it doesn’t follow how much money the refugees cost America while they are here.

The Center for Immigration Studies’ number is based on the expenditures by HHS and State as well as the cost they believe that refugees cost the government when and if they enroll in social services.

So at the end of the day, there is no exact number on how much it costs the U.S. to take in refugees.

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