Published August 11, 2021 | Version v1
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Educational Aspirations of Migrant Parents and the Relationship With Educational Success

  • 1. University of Bern
  • 2. FORS, University of Lausanne
  • 1. University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
  • 2. University College London, UK
  • 3. University of Teacher Education Bern, Switzerland


Adding to the strand of research which shows that when taking into account accumulated disadvantages, descendants from migrant families succeed to a higher amount in education than natives, this paper analyses if and how parental educational aspirations act as a protective factor for educational success. Based on the Swiss longitudinal TREE data (Transition from Education to Employment, n= 7,971) of the second cohort we answer this question using a multinomial logistic regression analysis. Our results show that some migrant groups have higher parental aspirations and that these aspirations serve as a pushing factor for several second-generation groups to take up higher education at upper secondary level. To have a closer look at the underlying mechanisms we assess the definition of success by taking into account qualitative data chosen by a criterial-based sample of TREE respondents. The inductive definition of success, based on a content analysis with n=119 young adults and their parents from migrant and Swiss families will add to the existing theoretical reflection on the narrow definition of success and its interplay with parental aspirations. 


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