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Does migrant status affect educational achievement, aspirations, and attainment?

J Chesters

Multicultural Education Review | Published : 2015


As a nation built from the migration of peoples from every continent in the world, modern Australia developed a unique culture based on an egalitarian ethos. Recent research, however, suggests that social inequality is increasing and, in particular, social mobility is in decline. In this paper, I examine one aspect of social inequality that has long been regarded as a strong indicator of opportunities for social mobility: educational attainment. Using data collected by the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth 2003 (LSAY03) project, I examine the links between migration status and educational achievement at age 15, educational expectations, occupational aspirations, and educational attainm..

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