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Family Separation and Reunification as a Factor in the Educational Success of Immigrant Children

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  • Tim H. Gindling

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    (UMBC)

  • Sara Z. Poggio

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    (UMBC)

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We find that family separation during migration has a negative impact on the educational success of immigrant children in U.S. schools. Children separated from parents during migration are more likely to be behind others their age in school, are more likely to repeat a grade, and are more likely to drop out of high school. The negative impact of separation during migration on educational success is largest for Latin American immigrants, for children separated from their mothers (as opposed to fathers), for those whose parents have lived in the United States illegally, and for those who were separated from their parents at older ages and reunited with parents as teenagers.

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Paper provided by UMBC Department of Economics in its series UMBC Economics Department Working Papers with number 09-104.

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Length: 57 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:umb:econwp:09104

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