Statistics Norway has compiled statistics about immigrant children born in Norway – how are they doing as adults. Did they integrate into Norwegian society? Or do they remain outsiders?
The group analyzed are children between 25 and 40 years old and whose parents are both immigrants.
The resurgence of child migrant arrivals comes amidst a presidential election season that’s been dominated by wild talk about immigrants, refugees, and Muslims (regardless of their nationality). But long before campaign season even began, Central American asylum-seeking children drew a vitriolic response.
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As a group, these children did somewhat worse in primary school compared to children of Norwegian-born parents. Slightly fewer completed upper secondary education. However, they still ended up with a much higher education than any of their parents ever had. As a result more of these children also moved upwards out of their parents social class and into the upper classes of society.
The differences between immigrant children and Norwegian children seem, however, to be less significant than the differences between the immigrant children with different ethnic background, like a Vietnamese background compared to e.g. a Turkish background.