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ERIC Number: EJ847392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec-7
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1523-1615
Education and Emigration: The Case of the Iranian-American Community
Mossayeb, Sina M.; Shirazi, Roozbeh
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v9 n1 p30-45 Dec 2006
This paper explores the plausibility of a hypothesis that puts forth perceived educational opportunity as a significant pull factor influencing Iranians' decisions to immigrate to the United States. Drawing on various literatures, including research on educational policy in Iran, government policy papers, and figures from recent studies and census data, the authors establish a case for investigating the correlation between perceived educational opportunity (or lack thereof) and immigration. Empirical findings presented here from a preliminary survey of 101 Iranian-born individuals living in the U.S. suggest that such a correlation may indeed exist, thus providing compelling grounds for further research in this area. The paper expands on existing literature by extending prevailing accounts of unfavorable conditions in Iran as push factors for emigration, to include the draw of perceived educational opportunity, as a coexisting and influential pull factor for immigration to the U.S. (Contains 3 figures, 3 tables, and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iran