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Report: Children of Refugees Get More Benefits Than Poor US Kids

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By    |   Monday, 25 Apr 2016 01:39 PM

Children of refugees get more in taxpayer-funded help than children of U.S. citizens, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

The report looked at results from 2009 to 2013, and profiled 941,000 children ages 10 and under with refugee parents in the United States, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Thirty percent of refugee children live in households that get food stamps and 27 percent of American children live in households that receive food stamps, the report said.

Eight percent of refugee households received cash welfare, compared with 6 percent of U.S. citizen households. Five percent of refugee children were in Social Security's Supplemental Security Income program, while that number was 4 percent for U.S. children.

The report said that refugee children, generally, have better access to health coverage and benefits than other immigrant children. Refugees qualify for cash welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid upon arrival, while most legal immigrants are not authorized to get those benefits for the first five years. Unauthorized immigrants are forbidden from those benefits. 

Research shows that resettlement results in mostly positive outcomes, according to the Migration Policy Institute report.

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