Weareoneamerica.org defines immigrant integration as a dynamic, two-way process in which immigrants and the receiving society work together to build secure, vibrant, and cohesive communities.
As an intentional effort, integration engages and transforms all community members, reaping shared benefits and creating a new whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The important parts of this definition:
Two – way: both the newcomer(s) and the established residents share responsibility for the well-being of one another and of the broader community.
Work together: This requires change on the part of the immigrant and the receiving community; it is a dynamic give-and-take process that takes place over time.
Engages and transforms: Through the integration process, the receiving community learns to respect the skills, languages, and cultures that newcomers bring and, simultaneously, play an active role in meeting their needs. Long-established residents eventually come to recognize immigrants as assets who contribute to the long-term vibrancy and prosperity of their community.