Instead of closing resettlement offices and blocking the entry of people from war-ravaged countries, the United States should maintain its historical commitments, write Stanford Global Studies Director Jeremy Weinstein and Dartmouth's Jeremy Ferwerda in Foreign Policy.
"The administration could back up its commitment to innovation and efficiency by embracing critical reforms that more cost-effectively facilitate the integration of refugees into American communities," they write. In a recent paper from the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford, published in Science, they offer one place to start: optimizing the process that assigns refugees to resettlement locations across the United States.
"In our paper, we demonstrate that this simple policy change would have a large impact, doubling the predicted probability of employment from 25 to 50 percent for the median refugee three months after arrival, increasing the average employment rate by 41 percent, and improving employment outcomes in nearly every geographic location. It is difficult to think of another policy intervention — education, job training, or language classes — that could produce such a sizeable effect at such a small cost."