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The educational attainment of second-generation immigrants in The Netherland


Since the mid-1960’s the Netherlands has had a positive net immigration, mainly because of man power recruitment from Turkey and Morocco and immigration from the former Dutch colony of Surinam. Immigrants havea weak labor market position, which is related to their educational leveland language skills. Children and grandchildren of immigrants are expected to have a better chance of integration into Dutch society. In this paper we investigate whether this is true with respect to the educational attainment of second-generation immigrants from Turkey, Morocco, Surinam and the Dutch Antilles.

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Correspondence to Jan C. van Ours.

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The authors thank an anonymous referee and both editors for helpful comments. Responsible editors: David Card and Christoph M. Schmidt.

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Ours, J., Veenman, J. The educational attainment of second-generation immigrants in The Netherland. J Popul Econ 16, 739–753 (2003).

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Key words

  • Second-generation immigrants
  • ethnic minorities
  • education