Over the past 5 years, the Civil War in Syria has caused displacement of thousands of Syrian people all around the world. The spread of ISIS into Syria has caused the country to be a fierce battle ground where civilians simply cannot live. You may ask where do there people go? And how does that affect the economy in which they are now living?
The Economic impact of these refugees in America could be both positive and negative. In some areas, for example in Utica, NY these refugees could do a good job of stimulating the economy. When the economy was in a steady decline the additional educated workers helped halt the decline of the economy. Where this becomes a problem is when the additional workers increase the job competition causing wages for unskilled workers to decrease. Also, it hurts the rest of the economy if refugees receive social benefits but do not pay taxes.
When the conflict began in 2011 through November of 2015 there were a total of 2,174 Syrian Refugees in the United States. This amount represented fewer than 0.0007 percent of the population. Even when the numbers increased in 2016 to about 14,761 refugees they still accounted for 0.0046 percent of the US population.
This is why I believe Trumps idea to completely close the door on Syrian refugees is hurting him rather than helping him. These refugees are such a small part of the population of the country and even help the economy in some cases. And in turn gives the impression that he does not care about helping innocent people in need around the world.
By: Johnny Coughlin