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Foreign Born = More HE

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 03 February 5 2019

February 2019

The OECD has published a short and visual overview of the correlation between country of birth and HE attainment in OECD countries: How do the educational attainment and labour market outcomes of foreign-born adults compare to their native-born peers?
We may not be surprised that countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada – with skills-oriented migration policies – show higher tertiary attainment for foreign-born than native-borns. But it is also true for countries like Ireland and Portugal and – with marginal differences – for some of the Nordic countries. By contrast, Aurora countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany have a foreign-born population with lower than average HE attainment – as does the US. This reflects, of course, the unskilled migrant workers’ policies dating back to the ‘60ies and’70ies of the last century.
The OECD publication also shows that in most countries, both employment rates and earnings are lower for foreign-born adults. Among the exceptions are France, Belgium, Germany and the USA.

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