Education and employment are the two most critical pathways for the integration of immigrants and their children into society. The increasingly diverse make-up of societies on both sides of the Atlantic today, however, has created new challenges for education and workforce training systems. Second-generation young adults (the children of immigrants) often cannot fully access educational opportunities because of a variety of socio-economic, linguistic, or cultural factors.
Academic achievement gaps and barriers to postsecondary enrollment and completion have an effect on second-generation young adults’ participation in the labor market, with important consequences for themselves, their families, and their communities — particularly amid the graying of workforces in Western Europe and to a real, if lesser, extent the United States.
As a result, a number of countries in Europe and North America are adjusting their education and workforce development policies to shape curricula, reduce barriers to access, and target interventions for immigrants and their children.
For more than a decade now, Maurice Crul has investigated the successes and failures of education policies in integrating immigrant and second-generation youth in the education system and the labor market. MPI Europe is pleased to host Dr. Crul as he presents his most recent book, co-edited with John Mollenkopf, The Changing Face of World Cities: Young Adult Children of Immigrants in Europe and the United States.
The volume presents a systematic, data-based comparison of the lives of young adult children of immigrants in 17 cities in Western Europe and the United States, and offers important lessons for devising more effective public policies.
MPI Europe invites you to the launch of the book and a panel discussion that will explore the structural opportunities and challenges that governments face in integrating the second generation.
Registration starts at 13.30. There will be opportunity after the event to purchase the book.
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