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Immigrants Literacy Skills – A gap equivalent to 3.5 years of schooling OECD finds

  • Immigrants have weaker literacy skills than native-born adults on average and the gap is the equivalent of 3.5 years of schooling.
  • On average, about two-thirds of the difference in literacy proficiency between foreign- born and native-born adults is explained by how well immigrants have mastered the host country’s language and where they acquired their highest qualification.
  • Long-settled immigrants and those who arrived in their host country as young children

Why is it that, although immigrants tend to be over-represented among highly educated adults in OECD countries, their labour market outcomes tend to lag behind their native-born peers with similar levels of education? Several explanations have been suggested over the years. First, the quality of the education immigrants received in their country of
origin may differ from that offered in OECD countries, meaning that their educational quali cations may not represent the same set of skills as in their host countries. Second, immigrants may not have fully mastered the language spoken in their host country. Third, some skills may not transfer easily between countries of origin and destination. In addition, immigrants may face discrimination in the labour market of their host country.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Why are immigrants less proficient in literacy than native-born adults?

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