Secondary structural assimilation refers to the assimilation pattern of ethnic or racial minority into the dominant group through parity in access to and the accumulation of wealth, power and status. This assimilation pattern is measured by socioeconomic status and political power. It is through the secondary structural assimilation pattern wherein a member of a racial or ethnic minority gradually becomes part of the middle class of or above.
Assimilation is the process in which a racial or ethnic minority loses its unique identity and the customs and practices of their culture and conforms to the way of life of the dominant group. There are basic two types of assimilation and these are cultural and structural assimilation. The primary structural assimilation pattern occurs when a racial or ethnic minority intermarry, join clubs, form friendships and live in the same neighborhoods with the dominant group.