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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 
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Informe Resumido


Issue Briefs:

Health and Health Care

Language Integration


Legal Status and Civic Participation

Families and Children

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Immigrant Integration Infographic
  The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants, and the country has a long history of successfully absorbing people from across the globe. The integration of immigrants and their children contributes to our economic vitality and our vibrant and ever changing culture. We have offered opportunities to immigrants and their children to better themselves and to be fully incorporated into our society and in exchange immigrants have become Americans—embracing an American identity and citizenship, protecting our country through service in our military, fostering technological innovation, harvesting its crops, and enriching everything from the nation’s cuisine to its universities, music, and art.

Today, the 41 million immigrants in the United States represent 13.1 percent of the U.S. population. The U.S.-born children of immigrants, the second generation, represent another 37.1 million people, or 12 percent of the population. Thus, together the first and second generations account for one out of four members of the U.S. population. Whether they are successfully integrating is therefore a pressing and important question. Are new immigrants and their children being well integrated into American society, within and across generations? Do current policies and practices facilitate their integration? How is American society being transformed by the millions of immigrants who have arrived in recent decades?

To answer these questions, this report summarizes what we know about how immigrants and their descendants are integrating into American society in a range of areas such as education, occupations, health, and language.

Press Release

View the committee chair giving a brief overview of the report

Related Reports 

Fiscal Immigration coverLThe Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration (2016) This report provides a comprehensive assessment of U.S. immigration trends over the past 20 years, immigration's impact on the labor market and wages of native-born workers, and its fiscal impact at the national, state, and local levels.

Multiple OriginsLMultiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies: Hispanics and the American Future (2006) [particularly Chapters 4 and 5] – This report describes how Hispanics are transforming the country as they disperse geographically.  It considers their roles in schools, in the labor market, in the health care system, and in U.S. politics.

From Generation to GenerationLFrom Generation to Generation: The Health and Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families
(1998) - This report explores what we know about the development of children and youth from numerous countries of origin, and both draws on and supplements existing research to characterize the current status and outlook for immigrant children.

New AmericansLThe New Americans: Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of Immigration (1997) - This report examines what immigrants gain by coming to the United States and what they contribute to the country.
Public Briefing by
Committee Members

September 28, 2015

Members of the committee authoring the report discussed the report's key messages, conclusions, and recommendations. Agenda

Mary Waters, Committee Chair, Harvard University
Frank D. Bean, Committee Member, University of California-Irvine
Cecilia Menjivar, Committee Member, University of Kansas
David Takeuchi, Committee Member, Boston College School of Social Work

View the briefing and presentations

In the News
Takeuchi Presents Immigrant Integration Report at Boston City Hall -- Boston College Social Work Blog (June 17, 2016)

How are immigrants assimilating into American society? -- LA18, Los Angeles Asian Language TV-Korean (May 25, 2016)

New Tang Dynasty Television report - Chinese Language News (May 25, 2016)

A Little Reality on Immigration
— New York Times Opinion (February 19, 2016)

Mixed marriages are changing the way we think about our race — Washington Post Wonkblog (February 17, 2016)

What Everyone is Missing About the Immigration Debate — Fortune (December 20, 2015)

For Immigrants, America Is Still More Welcoming Than Europe
— The New York Times (December 8, 2015)

Those Assimilating Immigrants -- The Wall Street Journal Opinion, October 8, 2015

The American Idea and Today's G.O.P. — The New York Times (September 25, 2015)
Past Events

July 30 - August 4, 2016
: Presentation at Joint Statistical Meetings, Chicago, IL.

August 4 - 7, 2016: Presentation at American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

August 20 - 23, 2016: Presentation at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

June 23-25, 2016: Exhibit at NALEO conference, Washington, DC

June 18, 2016: Briefing to NCSL's Executive Committee Task Force on Immigration and the States, Detroit, MI

June 8, 2016: Local briefing with the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians.  Boston, MA. 

May 25-27, 2016: Local briefings on the report in Los Angeles and Sacramento, CA.

May 3, 2016: 
Local briefing on the report in Austin, TX.  More Information 

April 12, 2016: Capitol Hill briefing, Dirksen Senate Office Building. Committee chair and other members present findings of the report.

April 11, 2016: Presentation at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, Washington, DC. The New Americans 2.0.

April 1, 2016: Presentation at Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

March 11, 2016
(9:00 am):  Capitol Hill briefing, Rayburn House Office Building.  Committee chair and three other members present findings on the report.

December 14, 2015: Presentation at National Immigrant Integration Conference, New York, NY.

November 12, 2015: Presentation at Association for Public Policy and Management Fall Research Conference, Miami, FL

October 27, 2015: Social Science Network, Berkeley, CA

September 29, 2015: National Immigration Forum,
Presentation by Mary Waters (Chair)

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