Children of immigrants from deprived backgrounds are up to twice as likely to have a degree compared to their white peers, but this doesn’t translate into greater employment prospects, research has found.
That the first generation all run corner shops, the second are doctors and accountants is a cliche because it happens so often. Education is seen as the way up.
The counterfactual – at least, an interesting one – is what happens to the second generation without the education, not what happens with the second compared to the indigenes. And the effect is of course considerably better off and greater employment possibilities.
Just look at what happens to the second generation where education isn’t so prized……