Catching up? The educational mobility of migrants’ and natives’ children in Europe (OECD)

Previous OECD and EU work has shown that even native-born children with immigrant parents face persistent disadvantage in the education system, the school-to-work transition, and the labour market. To which degree are these linked with their immigration background, i.e. with the issues faced by their parents? This publication provides new insights on the complex issue of the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage for native-born children of immigrants.

Social mobility is an important policy objective to foster inclusive economies and societies. It may not be surprising tht many immigrants face specific difficulties to progress along the income ladder. They often have to overcome greater barriers to mobility. 

Against this backdrop, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with the support of the European Union, has analysed the links between parental disadvantage for immigrants and the educational and labour market outcomes of their children across EU and OECD countries, in comparison with native-born parents and their children. This report presents the result of this work which builds on the rich ongoing joint EU and OECD work on integration.

Its main message it that helping immigrant parents to be fully and autonomously functional in the host country society is not only important for the immigrants themselves, but is also an important precondition for better outcomes of their children

The full report can be found here

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Thu 21 Dec 2017
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