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Fewer migrant children finish high school

The Local · 6 Jul 2010, 09:04

Published: 06 Jul 2010 09:04 GMT+02:00

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The integration report, to be presented in Berlin on Wednesday, found that 13.3 percent of children with immigrant backgrounds are leaving school without a certificate – one third more than in previous years – daily Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

The report found that while there is a small group of elite, immigrant youngsters who are gaining high qualifications, there is a growing number who have virtually no prospect of gaining an apprenticeship or training place after school – and therefore little chance of entering the job market.

The 13.3 percent of immigrant children aged 15 to 19 who are leaving without a certificate is a sharp rise on the 10.8 percent in 2005 and 10 percent in 2007.

It is also a problem among the broader German population, the report says, with the number of students leaving without any qualification climbing across the board from 5.4 percent in 2005 to 7 percent.

The report follows the recent release of a damning report that found that just one-tenth of students from immigrant backgrounds graduated from elite, university-track high schools under Germany’s tripartite school system.

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That compared poorly with the one third of German students graduating from a Gymnasium, according to the study by Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband, an organisation dedicated to social justice.

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15:50 July 6, 2010 by claudegaveau
Why would immigrants need qualifications in Germany anyway? They will still be discriminated against and end up doing lower qualified jobs anyway. I wonder what the stats are for immigrants in Germany becoming self employed, so as to avoid somewhat being discriminated against by large German employers.
21:20 July 6, 2010 by Johan Fink

what makes you say that immigrants "will still be discriminated against" by large german employers? so you are saying that big employers are a bunch of racists? Nasty indiginous Germans, poor immigrants. You are talking garbage.
21:46 July 6, 2010 by DOZ
Just Like Canada. Why my mother ever immigrated from Germany, I will never understand.
23:07 July 6, 2010 by claudegaveau
@johan Fink

It is a fact. Germany discriminates. Some years ago the German government was told by the ECJ to change a law allowing German companies only give older workers fixed term contracts (Age discrimination). More recently a friend of mine who is African American was told by a friendly HR manager who is a friend of his that his best chance of getting good employment in Germany is to change his colour. This was friendly advice from a German just telling him how it is in Germany in reality.

This paper ( http://ftp.iza.org/dp4741.pdf ) studies ethnic discrimination in Germany's labour market with a correspondence test. To each of 528 advertisements for student internships we send two similar applications, one with a Turkish-sounding and one with a German-sounding name. A German name raises the average probability of a callback by about 14 percent. Differential treatment is particularly strong and significant at smaller firms at which the applicant with the German name receives 24 percent more callbacks. Discrimination disappears when we restrict our sample to applications including reference letters which contain favourable information about the candidateメs personality. We interpret this finding as evidence for statistical discrimination.
11:04 July 7, 2010 by michael4096
@claudegaveau - by your measures, every country in the world discriminates. the study you cite has been conducted in just about every country also - with exactly the same sort of result. This isn't an excuse, it's a lousy situation, but your portrayal of germany being some sort of hotbed of discrimination is highly misleading; in practice, germany has some of the strongest anti-discrimination laws around and from the complaints I hear in my multi-culti workplace, discrimination is not on anybody's concern-list.
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