From the thesis Abstract: "The United States has struggled to define and implement effective integration for immigrants because the immigration and integration systems are unwieldy and confusing. This thesis analyzes case studies at the national and local levels to determine what elements constitute effective integration policy. A rubric was created using the International Organization of Migration's definition of integration and the European Union's guiding principles to analyze and grade each case study. The rubric helped to rate the following elements: employment, education, and equal access to services; respect for cultures; and communication and participation. Each case study received scores for these elements on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 representing complete integration of immigrants in the host country. This thesis finds that the integration process never ends; the more stakeholders who engage in the integration process, the better; and re-evaluating programs and policies after a certain period is crucial. These findings support the following recommendations for local leaders in the United States: 1) create an integration curriculum for new immigrants and continue the integration program even after the course's completion, 2) engage with as many stakeholders as early and as often as possible, and 3) understand that integration policy is continuous and requires constant improvement to ensure integration in the community."
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