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How Well Do Refugees Integrate Into American Society?

Jun 25 2019

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Immigration Policy Lab codirector Jens Hainmuller and his IPL colleagues Duncan Lawrence, Jeremy Ferwerda, and Jeremy Weinstein carried out a study assessing how refugees integrated into U.S. society compared with immigrants who enter the country through alternative means, such as a work or study visa. They found that overall, refugees naturalized at a rate of 45% after six years, compared with a rate of 29% for other types of immigrants. The study provided other policy-relevant insights; for instance, refugees from Iran, Somalia, and Iraq are most likely to naturalized, while those from Myanmar, Ukraine, and Liberia were least likely.

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