The Integration of Immigrant Youth
While much works remains to be done, the experience with large-scale migration to and within Europe over the last half-century has led to experimentation with policies and practices aimed at facilitating the social transition and integration of immigrants to their new countries. Some of this work has focused on education. This chapter examines various European educational policies and initiatives intended for immigrant students. It identifies practices that serve immigrant students as well as those which have failed and indeed may be derailing the academic achievement of immigrant students. The chapter argues that the skills, knowledge, and ‘human capital’ that immigrant students and their parents bring with them from their country of origin have profound implications for their successful transition to their adoptive country. It compares the experiences and academic outcomes of second-generation Turkish youth above age fifteen in Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and isolates the factors that are contributing to or hindering their educational advancement.
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