U.S. can do better job of integrating immigrants

The United States takes in far more legal immigrants each year than any other nation on Earth, more than a million. We Americans have a great deal of confidence in our ability to welcome and integrate these newcomers and their children.

But our successful integration of immigrants is less exceptional – whether we take that word to mean unique or excellent – than we think. That is the conclusion of our comparative study of immigrant integration in six North American and Western European countries (the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands).

Our focus was on low-status immigrants who came […]