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Education, Work and Identity Young Turkish Migrants in Germany and Young Pakistani Migrants in England

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Two of the chief goals for the European Union in the 21st century are to increase the skills level of the European workforce and ensure further integration of migrant groups within European society. These goals are far from separate; without further integration of migrant populations — especially through the education systems — increasing the general skills level of the European workforce will be severely hindered. In this chapter, the issues surrounding the educational and occupational attainment of minorities in two key economic powers of the European Union are investigated. (2003: 3) state that “educational level plays a large role in determining one’s life chances in modern societies. It is the central resource for placement in the labor market, and this is directly related to income and status” (emphasis added; see also Roberts et al 2002). To illustrate this, I draw on examples from original fieldwork carried out among young Turkish migrants in Berlin and young Pakistani migrants in Bradford. It is shown that identification with the host society is of considerable importance to young migrant populations in achieving labour market success and that this process can be helped or hindered by national immigration and citizenship policies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Humboldt University in BerlinGermany

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