English title: Migrant Background and Higher Education Participation in Europe: The Effect of the Educational Systems

Author(s): Dorit Griga - Andreas Hadjar -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014

Abstract

The main aim of this article is to shed light on the extent to which differences in higher education participation between people with and without a migrant background of low/higher social origin can be explained by two macro-level characteristics of national educational institutions: stratification of the secondary school system and provision of alternative access to higher education. General assumptions are that people with a migrant background of low social origin benefit in low-stratified secondary school systems and in systems that provide alternative access to institutions of higher education more than their native peers in the same social stratum, owing to primary and secondary effects of migrant background. Database is a pooled dataset of the five waves of the European Social Survey. Results of logistic multi-level analyses indicate that a low-stratified secondary school system improves the probability of people with a migrant background/low social origin attaining a higher education degree. On the other hand, a stratified secondary school system reduces their chances regarding this educational stage. The provision of alternative access to an institution of higher education improves their likelihood of becoming higher education graduates.

Volume: 30

Issue: 3

From page no: 275

To page no: 286

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1093/ESR/JCT031

Journal: European Sociological Review

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