Michael Fix

Michael Fix is president of the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that studies international migration and immigrant integration in the United States and abroad. He served on the National Academies of Sciences committee that produced the report “The Integration of Immigrants into American Society.”

Recent Articles

How ‘They’ Become ‘We’

Here’s what America does well in integrating immigrants and what we could do better—unless anti-immigrant passions take over.

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews New U.S. citizens pledge the Oath of Allegiance during a special Flag Day naturalization ceremony at the New York Historical Society, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in New York. This article appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . A lthough the United States has only about 5 percent of the world’s population, it is home to nearly 20 percent of the world’s international migrants. The current xenophobia-tinged election-year rhetoric and polarized stalemate on immigration policy may suggest that America has given up on its tradition of incorporating newcomers and weaving their cultures into the national experience. But that conclusion would be a mistake. Immigrants have continued to become successfully integrated into American society—more successfully than have immigrants to European countries that are now confronting severe conflicts over these issues. The federal government has historically taken a hands-off approach to...