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Several issues here.

Can integrate be used...

A) in the passive when used in combination with immigrants? e.g. In the following sentence: immigrants should be integrated into society.

B) as a reflexive verb? E.g. In the following sentence: The immigrants from India integrated themselves well.

C) as a transitive verb? E.g. In the following sentence: Government policy should aim at integrating immigrants into society.

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    In most of these cases, I would prefer the more specific verb assimilate, but there's really nothing wrong with any of your examples as they are. – Dan Bron Jun 23 '15 at 12:00
  • I was very unsure about the reflexive form. What you say is interesting as I would treat assimilate as a totally different verb with a totally different meaning (sort of melting pot / salad bowl thing) – Naomi Jun 23 '15 at 12:07
  • Yeah, the melting pot idea is the one most typically aimed at in this context. The reflexive form is fine, though not common. – Dan Bron Jun 23 '15 at 12:10
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The verb "to integrate" is used both with and without object. It doesn't have a reflexive construction.

"(The) Immigrants from India integrated well." is fine. Here, to integrate = to become integrated. "to integrate into" is common as well.

Another example, similar to yours:
"Many immigrants have found it difficult to integrate into American culture."

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/integrate

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