The Children of Immigrants at School: A Comparative Look at Integration in the United States and Western Europe
The Children of Immigrants at School explores the twenty-first-century consequences of immigration through an examination of how the so-called second generation is faring educationally in six countries: France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. In this insightful volume, which began as a project of the SSRC’s Working Group on Education and Migration, sociologist Richard Alba and China Environment and Health Initiative
director Jennifer Holdaway bring together a team of renowned social science researchers from around the globe to compare the educational achievements of children from low-status immigrant groups to those of mainstream populations in these countries, asking what we can learn from one system that can be usefully applied in another.
Working from the results of a five-year, multinational study, the contributors ultimately conclude that educational processes do, in fact, play a part in creating unequal status for the next generation in these societies. The comparative nature of the book highlights features of each system that hinder the educational advance of immigrant-origin children, allowing the identification of a number of policy solutions. A comprehensive look at a growing global issue, The Children of Immigrants at School represents a major achievement in the fields of education and immigration studies. Contributors include Josh DeWind, director of the Migration Program and the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship program.