Immigration Is Both Fascinating and Frustrating

In this episode of the CHDS Master’s Thesis Series, Nicholas Knowlton and Robert O’Malley discuss their research and recommendations concerning the integration of immigrants into American life. Knowlton makes the case that electoral participation among new citizens can facilitate their successful integration. O’Malley’s thesis focuses on the interplay between government officials and nongovernmental actors in community planning to better integrate into their communities by using different locations with varying populations and societal structures as a model. This ultimately builds a more informed and economically resilient citizenry where the whole population feels more connected. Both thesis projects provide the new Administration with models of successful integration through Federal policy and local initiatives.

Nicholas Knowlton’s thesis: Assimilation Through the Ballot: How Voting Facilitates Integration into American Life