The level of a migrant’s education in their country of origin has a significant impact on their children’s educational achievements in the country of residence.
(University of Oxford
) explores this often-ignored connection in a new empirical study. With a data-sample of 8,040 immigrants in France he created a unique individual measure for the relative level of educational attainment before migration. Linking this information to the educational achievements of their children, Ichou found a robust positive correlation – even when the families lived in difficult socio-economic circumstances in France.
Examining data from 1950 to 2010, the study also shows the high degree of variety in immigrants’ levels of education, both between and within countries of origin. And it suggests that a better understanding of immigrants’ social status in their former homelands is essential to assess their children’s achievements.