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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Population
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

Public Briefing

The committee's report is being released on September 21, 2015.  On September 28 at 9:00 am, members of the committee writing the report will dicuss key messages, conclusions, and recommendations at a public event.  The event will be webcast.
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Project Scope

The study will facilitate a more informed and fact-based discussion of the issues surrounding current immigration in the U.S. It will summarize what we know about how immigrants are integrating into American society; discuss what the implications of this knowledge are for informing various policy options; and identify any important gaps in our existing knowledge and data availability.


More specifically, the committee would be asked to explore the following set of questions:

  • What has been the demographic impact of immigration, in terms of the size and age, sex, and racial/ethnic composition of the US population from 1970 to 2010? What are the likely changes from 2010 to 2050?
  • What has been the effect of recent immigration on the native-born population? How has the social and spatial mobility of immigrants changed over the last 40 years? What are the prospects for the future?
  • How has the residential integration (or segregation) of immigrants changed over the last 40 years? How has immigration affected the residential segregation between native born race and ethnic communities?
  • How rapidly are recent immigrants and their children integrating into American society, as measured by competency in English language, educational attainment, rate of naturalization, degree of intermarriage, maintenance of ethnic identity, and other dimensions? What has been the effect of immigration on American institutions, including economic and political organizations?
  • What are the general attitudes and public perceptions of native-born Americans towards (a) legal and illegal immigration and (b) how immigrants shape American society? How do these perceptions compare with the statistical record?
  • What additional data are needed for research on the role and impact of immigration on American society?

Sponsors: Carnegie Corporation of New York, Russell Sage Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, President’s Committee of the National Academies.


Mary C. Waters (Chair), Harvard University
Richard Alba, City University of New York, Graduate Center
Frank D. Bean, University of California, Irvine
Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Fix, Migration Policy Institute
Nancy Foner, Hunter College of the City University of New York
Charles Hirschman, University of Washington
Daniel T. Lichter, Cornell University
Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University
Cecilia Menjivar, Arizona State University
S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside
Audrey Singer, The Brookings Institution
David Takeo Takeuchi, Boston College
Kevin J. A. Thomas, Pennsylvania State University
Stephen J. Trejo, The University of Texas at Austin
Richard A. Wright, Dartmouth College
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University

For more information, see the complete record at the National Academies' Current Project site


Meeting 6 - 03/26-27/2015
Meeting 5 - 02/05-06/2015
Meeting 4 - 10/30-31/2014
Meeting 3 - 07/17-18/2014 (agenda)
Meeting 2 - 04/17-18/2014
Meeting 1 - 01/15-16/2014


Thomas Plewes, Director
Marisa Gerstein Pineau, Study Director
Danielle Johnson, Senior Program Assistant (until December 2014)
Mary Ghitelman, Program Assistant

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