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Cultural Integration in the United States

Jacob Vigdor

in Cultural Integration of Immigrants in Europe

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660094
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660094.003.0009

Series: Studies of Policy Reform


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This chapter presents evidence on cultural integration of immigrants in the United States for the period between 1900 and 2007. As summarized by an index measure, cultural assimilation has changed little over this time period, in spite of radical shifts in immigration policy and the distribution of origin countries for the foreign-born population. Further exploration reveals that modern immigrants are more integrated upon arrival than their predecessors, while exhibiting a slower rate of progress over time. Moreover, assimilation along economic and civic dimensions has declined over the past century.

Keywords: cultural assimilation; United States; USA; foreign born; immigration; immigration policy

Chapter.  5725 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics ; International Economics

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