Immigrants in the United States: How Well Are they Integrating into Society?

Tomas R. Jimenez
Date of Publication: 
May, 2011
Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Sociologist Tomás Jiménez examines the integration of immigrants in the USA across five indicators: language proficiency, socioeconomic attainment, political participation, residential locale and social interaction with host communities. Jiménez finds the recent inflow of immigrants is integrating reasonably well—and learning English faster than ever before—almost entirely without the help of policy intervention.

Still, progress among the USA's different immigrant groups is uneven: Latinos are not faring as well as immigrants from other backgrounds. This report also examines the laissez faire policy approach to integration, raising concerns about how the state of public education and size of the US unauthorized population may remain powerful barriers to immigrants' full integration.

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Jimenez, T. R. (2011). Immigrants in the United States: How Well Are They Integrating into Society? Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved from