ON-Lion Letter
In mid-May, the Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York City released its first annual index of immigrant assimilation.  By Jacob L. VigdorMeasuring Immigrant Assimilation in the United States provides the most-detailed, qualitative estimates to date of the assimilation levels of immigrant groups in the country.  Specifically, relying on U.S. Census Bureau data available in some form since 1900, it measures the degree of similarity between native- and foreign-born adults in America.

The degree of similarity between the native- and foreign-born, although low by historical standards, has held steady since 1990, Vigdor found.  Newly arrived immigrants of the early 21st century have assimilation-index values lower than the newly arrived immigrants of the early 20th century, he also found.

Vigdor is an associate professor of public-policy studies and economics at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, Mass.

Economic and civic assimilation often occurs without significant cultural assimilation, according to his index, and immigrants from developed countries are not necessarily more assimilated.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports the Manhattan Institute and NBER.
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