On average, Asian immigrants are more educated and have higher household incomes than the overall immigrant and U. Migration from Asia to the United States rose dramatically with passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which removed national-origin quotas established in barring immigration from Asian and Arab countries and sharply limiting arrivals from Africa and eastern and southern Europe. The number of Asian immigrants grew from , in to about In , Asians represented 5 percent of the U.
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Assimilation, sometimes known as integration or incorporation, is the process by which the characteristics of members of immigrant groups and host societies come to resemble one another. That process, which has both economic and sociocultural dimensions, begins with the immigrant generation and continues through the second generation and beyond. Although the experiences of European groups coming to the United States in the earlyth century suggest that full assimilation generally occurs within three to four generations, no fixed timetable governs completion of the process. For example, recent historical research by sociologist Sharon L. Sassler on European immigrants to the United States has shown that, in , the educational attainment of even third-generation Irish and Germans lagged well behind that of whites who had been in the country more than three generations.
Send a question or comment using the form below. This message may be routed through support staff. This report introduces a quantitative index that measures the degree of similarity between native- and foreign-born adults in the United States. The index reveals great diversity in the experiences of individual immigrant groups, which differ from each other almost as much as they differ from the native-born.
Assimilation as a colonial policy sought the integration of colonized peoples into the colonizer's cultural, social, and political institutions. The philosophy that drove this practice emphasized the Enlightenment ideas of such thinkers as the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau — , who wrote in his The Social Contract and Discourses that men "who may be unequal in strength and intelligence, become every one equal by convention and equal right. The idea of assimilating colonized peoples is most associated with the French. The image of multiracial French national assemblies elicits the belief that this colonial power welcomed representatives from throughout its empire to the colonial homeland as a people equal in stature to their own citizens.