Immigrant integration is the process of economic mobility and social inclusion for newcomers and their children. As such, integration touches upon the institutions and mechanisms that promote development and growth within society, including early childhood care; elementary, postsecondary, and adult education systems; workforce development; health care; provision of services to communities with linguistic diversity; and more.
Immigrants’ skills, energy, and fresh ideas promote economic vitality—in neighborhoods, communities, states, and the country as a whole. Consider that undocumented immigrants paid an estimated $3.3 billion in California State and local taxes in 20121 —enough to hire more than 57,000 police officers2 or 80,000 teachers3. Successful integration builds communities that are stronger economically and more inclusive socially and culturally. The significant benefits of effective immigrant integration include:
The Orange County economy is strongest when more residents prosper. When immigrant communities can fully participate in the economic life of our county, the health and prosperity of our entire region will benefit.