Challenging Stereotypes on Migration

By | January 23, 2019

Whether voluntary migration or forced displacements, it really matters to govern public opinion about some contested issues to facilitate the inclusion of migrants and refugees into the receiving societies. Concerning some debated issues ranging from participation in the labour market to having migrant students in the classroom, The Migration Policy Centre report Is what we hear about migration really true? Questioning eight stereotypes, edited by Philippe Fargues, challenges the eight widely held stereotypes by reviewing the available evidence. To access the full report, please click here.

  • Stereotype 1: We do not need migrants.
  • Stereotype 2: Migrants steal our jobs.
  • Stereotype 3: We do not need low-skilled immigrants in the EU.
  • Stereotype 4: Migrants undermine our welfare systems.
  • Stereotype 5: Migration hampers our capacity to innovate.
  • Stereotype 6: Our southern coastline is flooded with asylum seekers.
  • Stereotype 7: Economic migrants are trying to cheat our asylum system.
  • Stereotype 8: Our children suffer from having immigrants in class.

Highlights on Stereotype 8

Our children suffer from having immigrants in class. Is that really so?

  • No evidence for a detrimental effect on student learning in most OECD countries.
  • Deprived socio-economic background of the students should be major concern.
  • Ethnic composition is not significantly associated with school performance after controlling the effect of socio-economic composition.