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The Children of Immigrants at SchoolA Comparative Look at Integration in the United States and Western Europe$
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Richard Alba and Jennifer Holdaway

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760949

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760949.001.0001

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The Integration Imperative

The Integration Imperative


(p.1) Chapter One The Integration Imperative
The Children of Immigrants at School

Richard Alba

Jennifer Holdaway

NYU Press

This book examines the ability of schools to integrate children of low-status immigrants. It presents the main results and conclusions from a four-year international study that looked into the impact of host-society educational systems and processes on the so-called second generation of immigrants. The book investigates how immigrant-origin children are faring educationally in six countries that have received substantial immigration since the middle of the twentieth century: France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. In analyzing educational opportunities for children of immigrants, the book takes as its point of departure the moral and practical imperatives for academic integration. The focus is on children from immigrant groups that are defined by the low educational attainments of immigrant parents, the low-status occupations in which they are concentrated in the receiving society, and the ethnic-outsider status they occupy.

Keywords:   schools, low-status immigrants, education, second generation, immigrant-origin children, immigration, United States, academic integration, educational attainment, immigrant parents

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