eli5: what is the difference and definition of assimilation and integration?

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hello! I keep confusing the definition of assimilation and integration. Could somebody please explain to me the terms and their differences as well as maybe examples?

thank you in advance for your help!

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Anonymous 0 Comments

My understanding is this, and look. It might be wrong, because I’m not googling it. Just keep it in mind.

To assimilate is to merge into a collective, while losing an individual identity.

To integrate is to merge into a collective while retaining the individual identity.

Assimilation is what the Borg (?) do in the Star Trek universe. They are a collective hive mind, a single consciousness, that once you join, you’re no longer you.

Were as we integrate chips into a circuit. The circuit remains, the chip remains. They work in unison, but still through their own individual efforts.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Assimilation is the immigrant adjusting or conforming to the adoptive culture, often until they are indistinguishable from someone who is native to it. For example: immigrants from Mexico learn English, their children may be taught Spanish, but learn English in school, and *their* children are not taught Spanish at all. They have *assimilated* by speaking the local language.

Integration is the adoptive culture adjusting to provide space for the immigrants without fundamentally changing itself or assimilating to the immigrants’ culture. For example: the local town doesn’t *all* learn Spanish, but some important signs have Spanish translations. A “little Mexico” section of town forms that is connected with the larger part of town – people there speak Spanish and celebrate various Latino holidays, but there is a lot of mixing between “little Mexico” and the rest of town. The immigrants learn as much English as they need but continue to speak Spanish at home.

Failing to integrate would be like “little Mexico” is isolated from the larger town. They keep to themselves and rarely venture into the rest of town, and the rest of town rarely, if ever, ventures into the Latino part of town. The Latinos don’t learn English and the English-speakers don’t learn Spanish. They live “together” in the same town, but they are not *really* together.

Anonymous 0 Comments

My understanding is this, and look. It might be wrong, because I’m not googling it. Just keep it in mind.

To assimilate is to merge into a collective, while losing an individual identity.

To integrate is to merge into a collective while retaining the individual identity.

Assimilation is what the Borg (?) do in the Star Trek universe. They are a collective hive mind, a single consciousness, that once you join, you’re no longer you.

Were as we integrate chips into a circuit. The circuit remains, the chip remains. They work in unison, but still through their own individual efforts.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Assimilation is the immigrant adjusting or conforming to the adoptive culture, often until they are indistinguishable from someone who is native to it. For example: immigrants from Mexico learn English, their children may be taught Spanish, but learn English in school, and *their* children are not taught Spanish at all. They have *assimilated* by speaking the local language.

Integration is the adoptive culture adjusting to provide space for the immigrants without fundamentally changing itself or assimilating to the immigrants’ culture. For example: the local town doesn’t *all* learn Spanish, but some important signs have Spanish translations. A “little Mexico” section of town forms that is connected with the larger part of town – people there speak Spanish and celebrate various Latino holidays, but there is a lot of mixing between “little Mexico” and the rest of town. The immigrants learn as much English as they need but continue to speak Spanish at home.

Failing to integrate would be like “little Mexico” is isolated from the larger town. They keep to themselves and rarely venture into the rest of town, and the rest of town rarely, if ever, ventures into the Latino part of town. The Latinos don’t learn English and the English-speakers don’t learn Spanish. They live “together” in the same town, but they are not *really* together.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Assimilation is the immigrant adjusting or conforming to the adoptive culture, often until they are indistinguishable from someone who is native to it. For example: immigrants from Mexico learn English, their children may be taught Spanish, but learn English in school, and *their* children are not taught Spanish at all. They have *assimilated* by speaking the local language.

Integration is the adoptive culture adjusting to provide space for the immigrants without fundamentally changing itself or assimilating to the immigrants’ culture. For example: the local town doesn’t *all* learn Spanish, but some important signs have Spanish translations. A “little Mexico” section of town forms that is connected with the larger part of town – people there speak Spanish and celebrate various Latino holidays, but there is a lot of mixing between “little Mexico” and the rest of town. The immigrants learn as much English as they need but continue to speak Spanish at home.

Failing to integrate would be like “little Mexico” is isolated from the larger town. They keep to themselves and rarely venture into the rest of town, and the rest of town rarely, if ever, ventures into the Latino part of town. The Latinos don’t learn English and the English-speakers don’t learn Spanish. They live “together” in the same town, but they are not *really* together.

Anonymous 0 Comments

My understanding is this, and look. It might be wrong, because I’m not googling it. Just keep it in mind.

To assimilate is to merge into a collective, while losing an individual identity.

To integrate is to merge into a collective while retaining the individual identity.

Assimilation is what the Borg (?) do in the Star Trek universe. They are a collective hive mind, a single consciousness, that once you join, you’re no longer you.

Were as we integrate chips into a circuit. The circuit remains, the chip remains. They work in unison, but still through their own individual efforts.