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What Works in Migrant Education?: A Review of Evidence and Policy Options

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  • Deborah Nusche


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    Education plays an essential role in preparing the children of immigrants for participation in the labour market and society. Giving these children opportunities to fully develop their potential is vital for future economic growth and social cohesion in OECD countries. But migrant students in most OECD countries tend to have lower education outcomes than their native peers. Extensive previous research has described the system level, school level and individual level factors that influence the education outcomes of migrant students. Building on such previous research, this paper looks at the ways in which education policies can influence these factors to help provide better educational opportunities for migrant students. L’éducation joue un rôle crucial dans la préparation des enfants d’immigrants au monde du travail et à la vie sociale. Donner à ces enfants l’opportunité de développer pleinement leur potentiel est une nécessité pour assurer la croissance économique future et la cohésion sociale dans les pays de l’OCDE. Cependant, les résultats scolaires des étudiants migrants sont en moyenne plus faibles que ceux des natifs dans la plupart des pays de l’OCDE. De nombreux travaux de recherche ont décrit les facteurs influençant la performance des migrants, au niveau du système d’éducation dans son ensemble, comme au niveau de chaque école et de chaque individu en particulier. En s’appuyant sur les résultats de la recherche existante, ce papier étudie comment les politiques d’éducation peuvent à leur tour influencer ces facteurs, afin de donner aux étudiants migrants les meilleures opportunités.

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Education Working Papers with number 22.

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    Date of creation: 05 Feb 2009
    Handle: RePEc:oec:eduaab:22-en
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