Wrongfully forgotten or simply trivial? A comparative analysis of higher education attainment among foreign born populations in Europe

Dr. Cécile Hoareau/Ms. Paulina Pankowska, UNU-MERIT/MGSoG

Inequities in attainment to higher education have increased since the 1980s, in a somewhat troublesome reversal of the 1950-1980 trend (Koucky et al. 2009). How have these inequities affected foreign born populations? And to which extent have higher education policies, particularly those geared toward making higher education affordable, influenced the likelihood of foreign born populations to graduate in Europe? This presentation provides a cross-country comparison of higher education attainment between foreign born and native populations across Europe, using data from the European Social Survey. It also measures how elastic the attainment of foreign born students is to the affordability of higher education, controlling for various indicators related to the ‘ease of migration’, and discusses the accessibility and relevance of various financial support schemes to foreign born students. The presentation concludes with some suggestions regarding the need to complement financial aid schemes to policies targeted toward positive signaling and the recognition of acquired knowledge and skills close to and upon graduation.

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 15 May 2013

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CET