Inequality in learning amongst immigrant children in industrialised countries

Schnepf, S.V. (2008) Inequality in learning amongst immigrant children in industrialised countries. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 39pp. (Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute Applications & Policy Working Papers, A08/01).


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Literature examining immigrants’ educational disadvantage across countries focuses generally on average differences in educational outcomes between immigrants and natives disguising thereby that immigrants are a highly heterogeneous group. The aim of this paper is to examine educational inequalities among immigrants in eight high immigration countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. Results indicate that for almost all countries immigrants’ educational dispersion is considerably higher than for natives. For most countries higher educational dispersion derives from very low achieving immigrants. Quantile regression results reveal that at lower percentiles language skills impact more on educational achievement than at the top of the achievement distribution. Results are presented separately for immigrants of different age cohorts, varying time of immigrants’ residence in the host country and subject examined (maths and reading) highlighting thereby the different patterns found by immigrant group and achievement measure.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 51987
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2015 14:12

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