Measuring Immigrant Assimilation in the United States

Publication Date: October 2009

Publisher: Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Center for Civic Innovation

Author(s): Jacob L. Vigdor

Research Area: Culture and religion; Population and demographics

Keywords: immigration; naturalization; assimilation; citizenship

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The Manhattan Institute's Center for Civic Innovation released a report by Jacob L. Vigdor about the state of economic, civic, and cultural assimilation of immigrants to the United States. The economic downturn has slowed both the growth of the immigrant population and the rate at which immigrants assimilate into the mainstream. Findings include an in-depth analysis of immigrants' English language ability and naturalization rates and how the reduced inflow and increased outflow of recent immigrants has affected these factors.