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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.

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