Second generation EU immigrants more educated than indigenous people

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2016.10.28
Second generation EU immigrants more educated than indigenous people
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Second generation EU immigrants on average are more educated than the indigenous population. In fact, 37.5% of the 18.4 million young people residing in Europe with foreign born parents have either a Bachelors degree or a Master against their European friends of the same age (30.9%). A fact that according to data published by Eurostat has not escaped notice in countries where the difference  (i.e. between immigrants and indigineous citizens) is more pronounced: for example, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Hungary, UK and Italy. Whereas, the difference is not that great in Belgium, Luxemburgo, Latvia, Czech Repubblic, and Finland. This high level of education allows those in the 25-54 age range born of parents with origins outside of the EU, an impressive level of employment that reaches 74%, inferior, however, to the 78% registered for the indigenous population. A sign that even though for those with foreign born parents, education might be a motivating factor for integration in the workforce (as well as in society), it might not be enough to ward off latent discrimination.

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