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Children of Immigrants More Likely to Attend Higher Education

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A reported released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found that children of immigrants living in England are more likely to enter higher education and get a degree than their peers.

The study by the OECD reported that 58% of people aged between 25-44 with foreign-born parents go into higher education, compared to 46% of those with British-born parents.

While expectations are that those from immigrant backgrounds will be towards the lower end of the performance spectrum the latest study shows that this is not the case and that British-born children from non-immigrant backgrounds were at greater risk of downward social mobility.

At present its unclear why children of immigrants perform so well in the UK's education system, but one explanation could be increased motivation, with those entering the country seeing education as a way to move up the ladder.

The report also showed a similar pattern in Northern Ireland, where 38% of people between 25-44 born of native parents and 53% of those with foreign-born parents make their way into higher education.

Speaking at the launch of the OECD's annual Education at a Glance report, the OECD was predominantly positive regarding income contingent student loans, but warned against the increasing costs for UK students who now graduate with the second-highest average debt among OECD countries.