Working Papers, Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus
The educational attainment of the children of the Danish ‘guest worker’ immigrants
() and Nina Smith
Abstract: This paper analyses the educational attainment of young
first generation immigrants in Denmark who are children of the ‘guest
workers’ who immigrated from Turkey, Pakistan and Ex-Yugoslavia in the late
1960s and early 1970s. Beside the traditional intergenerational
transmission mechanism, we analyse potential immigrant-specific factors as
language proficiency, attending mother-tongue courses and expectations
concerning out or return migration from Denmark. The results show that
generational transmission effects are strong among ‘guest worker’
immigrants, especially among men. Other important factors are Danish
language proficiency, age at first marriage and a number variables
reflecting parents’ and own attitudes concerning education, marriage and
family. However, the ‘guest worker’ immigrants are not a homogenous group.
The analyses reveal large differences between Turkish, Pakistani and
Ex-Jugoslavian ‘guest workers’ with respect to their educational success
and the factors behind.
Keywords: Education; ‘guest worker’ immigrants; intergenerational transmission; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J24; J61; (follow links to similar papers)
43 pages, February 1, 2003
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