What can international comparisons of outcomes and policies tell us about ‘good practices’ of migrant education?
This research paper authored by MPG Policy Analyst Jasper Dag Tjaden and published by the Itinera Institute, focuses on migrant education in comparative perspective.
There has been much attention on immigrant education as immigrants represent a growing share of the EU’s future labour force. Today, we see persistent lower achievement of immigrants in education compared to non-immigrants in almost all OECD countries. However, to make the comparison between groups and between countries meaningful, numerous factors have to be taken into account.
In this paper, Jasper provides a snapshot of what we currently know about comparing outcomes and policies of migrant integration internationally. Additionally, he describes the numerous factors that have to be considered when comparing education of immigrants across countries: the migrant population, general education systems and specific integration and targeted education policies.
Subsequently, he discusses the issues and the usefulness of using outcome and policy indicators to identify ‘good practices’.
This paper is published by the Itinera Institute in its Discussion Paper series. It was presented at an event organised on 18 december 2012, International Migrants Day.