Post-immigration education of adult immigrants in Switzerland

Griga, Dorit (19 July 2013). Post-immigration education of adult immigrants in Switzerland (Unpublished). In: International Conference: Post-immigration education of adult immigrants in international perspective. Göttingen. 19.07.-20.07.2013.

In 2000, 20 per cent of the Swiss resident population was constituted by foreigners (Fibbi and Wanner 2009). As in other European countries, the migrant population in Switzerland can broadly be differentiated into three groups: 1) Migrant groups from less-developed regions with substantially lower educational attainments and an increased risk for unemployment than in the reference population, 2) Migrant groups that are rather more successful, although still somewhat behind the majority population, 3) Migrant groups who even outperform the majority population in terms of educational and employment success (Heath et al. 2008). Given these inequalities – in particular in the first migrant group – participation in further education in the country of destination might contribute to better integrate migrants in the Swiss society in general and the labour market in particular. On the basis of the pooled SAKE data set (1991-2000), patterns of participation in further education of adult migrants are analysed. As the results show, many migrant groups differ from the Swiss reference population regarding participation in further education. While inequalities are often explained by educational attainments and occupational status, in some cases they hold even if controlled for the determinants explaining participation in further education in general. Regarding migrant-specific determinants, type of residence permit proved to be an important indicator explaining the disadvantages in access to further education encountered by migrants originating from Former Yugoslavia.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Sociology of Education

UniBE Contributor:

Griga, Dorit


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Dorit Griga

Date Deposited:

16 Sep 2014 08:33

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16 Sep 2014 08:33

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Post-migration education, Switzerland


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