Children of immigrants have been challenged in the German education system. The data obtained during this research project revealed that children of immigrants encountered various difficulties during their school education. In addition, children of immigrants have been subject to various disadvantages and unequal treatment in their school education. For example, studies have shown that migrant children tend to be classified as having learning disabilities simply because of their sub-standard German language skills (Kornmann, 2006; Hovestadt, 2003). Some academics infer that students are not primarily disadvantaged because of their migrant origin, but rather because of their socially disadvantaged position (Kristen, 2006), which often coincides with a ‘migration background’.
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