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Title: Selective immigration policies as screening devices and the immigrant–native educational achievement gap
Authors: Sakellariou, Christos
Keywords: Social sciences::Economic development
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Sakellariou, C. (2018). Selective immigration policies as screening devices and the immigrant–native educational achievement gap. Educational Research and Evaluation, 24(6-7), 394-416. doi:10.1080/13803611.2018.1549998
Journal: Educational Research and Evaluation 
Abstract: The literature on the immigrant–native educational achievement gap is suggestive of a better performance of immigrant students in countries practising selective immigration policies. However, the origin of such differences has not been investigated. I considered both important observed characteristics as well as the role of unobservables in the formation of immigrant–native achievement differences in 4 selective immigration countries. I found that, if the comparison is between selective immigration countries as a group and other European/Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, immigrant students in selective immigration countries perform better. However, the results are heterogeneous and different conclusions apply to each of the 4 countries. The findings are discussed in the context of successful immigration policies as screening devices, which induce a self-selection of immigrants with transferable and adaptive skills. Potentially important are also institutional differences with respect to how inclusionary and conducive to the integration of immigrants into the host country policies are.
ISSN: 1380-3611
DOI: 10.1080/13803611.2018.1549998
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis in Educational Research and Evaluation on 26 Dec 2018, available online:
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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