Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Migrants and educational achievement gaps

Volume: 146
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2015
Keywords: Education; Immigration; Socio-economic status; Cultural capital; Schooling systems; Peer effects

To meet the labor market challenges of aging populations and ensure enough skilled labor to maintain economic growth, host countries need to fully integrate migrant students into schools. Yet in most countries, there is a performance gap between migrant and native-born students. Policymakers should prioritize measures that avoid segregating migrants and that reduce impediments arising from parental socio-economic disadvantage. Schooling systems that do not segregate young students into ability-based learning tracks seem to meet this goal, but potential trade-offs between greater equality of opportunity and social efficiency should be considered.