Myth: All migrants choose to leave their home countries and do not integrate into American culture.
Fact: Many migrants, such as refugees or asylum seekers, are forced from their home countries because of conflict or religious and political persecution.
- To be granted refugee status in the United States, individuals must prove that they have a “well-founded fear of persecution” in their home county based on five protected categories: religion, political opinion, membership of a particular social group, race or nationality.
Recent immigrants and their children are integrating into the U.S. economy in a similar fashion to previous immigrant families.
- While first-generation immigrants tend to be employed in narrow economic sectors, their children engage in broader professional fields that resemble those of U.S.-born citizens.
- More than 90% of second generation immigrants speak English, regardless of their country of origin.