Where Immigrant Students Succeed

A Comparative Review of Performance and Engagement in PISA 2003

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Drawing on data from the OECD’s Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA), this report examines the performance of students with immigrant backgrounds and compares it to that of their native counterparts. As well as providing information on countries’ approaches to the integration of immigrants, it looks at other factors that could influence immigrant students’ performance – such as their attitudes to school, their motivation and learning strategies as well as their social background and the language spoken at home – giving valuable implications for educational policy.

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Countries' Immigration Histories and Populations

Migration movements form a central part of human history. In the social sciences, migration is most generally defined as “crossing the boundary of a political or administrative unit for a certain minimum period” where, in the case of international migration, the boundary involves the border of a state (Castles, 2000, p. 270; Skeldon, 1997).


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