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Closing the Gap for Immigrant Students - Policy Tools


In many OECD countries, immigrant students have more restricted access to quality education, leave school earlier, and have lower academic achievement than their native peers. That makes improving the education of immigrant students a policy priority in many countries. While there has been extensive research on the integration of migrants into labour markets, very little work has been done internationally to examine the education outcomes of their children and explore education policy interventions to improve their performance. The forthcoming OECD publication Closing the Gap for Immigrant Students: Policies, Practice and Performance was designed to help policy makers to develop and implement migrant education policy that will make a difference.


The OECD conducted policy reviews of migrant education in Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden and examined the migrant education experience in many countries. Closing the Gap for Immigrant Students offers comparative data on access, participation and performance of immigrant students and their native peers and identifies a set of policy options based on solid evidence of what works. The report has been structured as a concise action-oriented handbook for policy makers. It will also be of special interest to teachers, school leaders, parents and all those who are active in immigrant communities.


As a supplement to the report, this site includes detailed lists of policy examples by the following policy areas:

For more information on OECD work on migrant education, visit


Forthcoming publication: Closing the Gap for Immigrant Students: Policies, Practice and Performance 


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