This annual list of great immigrants celebrates how important opening the doors of our country is.
Joachim Frank is from Germany and Shuji Nakamura from Japan, but both now live in the U.S. and are Nobel Prize winners. Each person is an immigrant who left their native country and eventually became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York will honor all of these people and many more this summer by including them among among its annual list of Great Immigrants, an effort to celebrate the diversity that truly makes America great, and recognize that when people come here, they generally improve not only their life chances, but society as a whole.
In total, there are 38 honorees from 29 different countries this year, joining a class of over 500 inductees since the effort started in 2006. Each announcement happens around Independence Day, which ties into the Carnegie Corporation’s original goal. Research from the Immigrant Legal Research Center shows that people who become naturalized gain more financial and social empowerment: They’re more likely to make more money, own homes, and stay employed after gaining citizenship. Plus, they’re generally eligible for more kinds of scholarships and public jobs that can advance and stabilize their careers.