GCIR's Immigrant Integration Framework identifies six strategic pathways through which immigrants and the receiving community can work together to provide resources and opportunities and leverage the human capital that immigrants bring. These pathways are:
These pathways serve both as a tool for facilitating integration and as a means to assess whether integration is taking place successfully. They interact dynamically, each with the power to reinforce or weaken progress in the other areas. For example, language and education are highly correlated with economic mobility but are also a determining factor in health care access, citizenship and civic participation, and interaction with native-born residents. Similarly, unequal treatment can threaten not only economic mobility but also immigrants' ability to access critically needed services and to participate in democracy.
Mutual responsibility, again, is fundamental to successful integration. Whereas immigrants have the responsibility to become productive community members, the receiving society bears the responsibility to provide them the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. All stakeholders--individuals and institutions, public and private--play a contributing role in this endeavor.