Should Spain be like France? On the educational disadvantage of their immigrants and the impact of immigrant concentration in some schools

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
18 September 2008 - 11:00h
LOCATION: Campana Hall. CIDOB Foundation. C/ Elisabets, 24. 08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: the Migrations Programme of the CIDOB Foundation, in collaboration with the Area of Equality and Citizenship of Barcelona Provincial Council.

Objective

Contrary to popular belief, France is one of the European countries in which the academic disadvantage experienced by students from immigrant origins and natives is among the lowest in all of Europe. This workshop examines what the differences in performance are between these two groups in the two countries, and analyses the successes and failures of the countries’ educational policies in this area. In addition to performance, the workshop also explores what impact the concentration of immigrants in specific schools has on average performance in Spanish and French schools – a phenomenon that is particularly marked in both nations. Does a disadvantage associated with the concentration of immigrants exist? What solutions are offered, and at what cost? To answer these questions, participants will be using the information available in the OECD’s latest PISA study and from the Panel of Secondary School Students of the Ministry of Education of France.

Should Spain be like France? On the educational disadvantage of their immigrants and the impact of immigrant concentration in some schools PERFORMED ACTIVITY