Research shows youth with migration background outperforming ethnic Danish youth in education

New research shows that young people with a non-Western background are more likely to achieve higher education than ethnic Danish young people. Overall, migrants and refugees have lower educational levels than ethnic Danes, and children with non-Western backgrounds get lower grades in school. But a study by the independent think tank DEA finds that the opposite is true after controlling for parents’ income and other socioeconomic factors.

In other words, a young person growing up in Denmark with non-Western parents is more likely to end up getting a higher education than an ethnic Danish peer if their parents have the same level of income.

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