The Process of Immigrant Adjustment
The adjustment which the immigrant makes to the conditions of American life is a central consideration in the formulation of an immigration policy. Numerous questions have been raised about the adjustment of the immigrant. Although the proportion of foreign born in our population has for some time been diminishing, about 36,000,000 persons -- or about one person in every four -- is an immigrant or the child of an immigrant (see Table 15).
Nativity and Parentage of the White Population, 1940*
|Nativity and Parentage||Per Cent Distribution||Total|
|Foreign or Mixed Parentage||19.5||23,157,580|
|* Sixteenth Census of the United States ( 1940), Nativity and Parentage of|
the White Population; General Characteristics.
Are these millions of people being absorbed into the great body of the population? Do the immigrants and their children meet the tests of a democratic society? Do all immigrant groups adjust equally well? Unfortunately many of the current opinions on the adjustment of the immigrant are based on the outdated evidence, the repudiated theories, or the emotional propaganda of the period