ERIC Number: ED348431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Migrant Workers' Children: School Problems in the Host Country and in the Country of Origin after the Return Home.
Hopf, Diether; Hatzichristou, Chryse
This paper presents salient points of a comprehensive project on the educational problems of southern European migrant workers' children in schools in Germany. These selected findings concern the origins of the migrants, the selectiveness of the migration process, and the school situation of the children of the migrants and of those migrants who return home. Section 1, an introduction, describes the historical backdrop from the labor migration and the broad basis for the primary study. Section 2 outlines study methods and describes the samples. Section 3 presents the results in the following categories: (1) origins and characteristics of migrant workers and school situation of their children in the host country; (2) mother-tongue teaching, nationality based classes, and schools in the host country; (3) educational situation after return to country of origin; and (4) special educational treatments for return migrants' children in the country of origin. Section 4 presents conclusions noting that migrant children have serious problems at school during the migratory period, that they are at a disadvantage after returning home to the country of origin, and that unless they return to their country when they are 9 years old at the latest, they have little chance of succeeding at school. Included are 11 figures and 20 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Migrant Problems, Migrant Programs, Migrant Workers, Migration Patterns, Native Language Instruction, Secondary School Students, Special Needs Students, Student Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Europe (South); Europeans; Germany; Language Minorities
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).