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The Educational Attainment of Second Generation Immigrants in The Netherlands


  • van Ours, Jan C.

    () (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Veenman, Justus

    () (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


Since the mid-1960’s the Netherlands has had an immigration surplus, mainly because of manpower recruitment from Turkey and Morocco and immigration from the former Dutch colony of Surinam. Immigrants have a weak labor market position, which is related to their educational level and language skills. Children and grandchildren of immigrants are expected to have a better chance of integration into Dutch society. In this paper we investigate whether this is true with respect to the educational attainment of second generation immigrants from Turkey, Morocco, Surinam and the Dutch Antilles.

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  • van Ours, Jan C. & Veenman, Justus, 2001. "The Educational Attainment of Second Generation Immigrants in The Netherlands," IZA Discussion Papers 297, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp297

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    immigrant workers; ethnic minorities; Immigration;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers


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