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The Academic Achievements of Immigrant Youths in New Destination Countries: Evidence from Southern Europe

Journal ArticleSSCI
Schnell, Philipp; Azzolini, Davide
Migration Studies, Volume 3, Issue 2, 217-240
Publication year: 2015

This article examines academic achievements of immigrant youths in four new immigration countries: Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The analysis based on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of 2009 and 2012 reveals large educational achievement gaps between immigrant children and natives in all four south European countries. The achievement gaps shrink substantially after accounting for differences in family backgrounds. The drawbacks faced by immigrant children in these four new immigration countries are due to fewer economic and material resources being available to them. On the other hand, the educational background of parents does not account for immigrant−native differences in academic performance. This stands in contrast to many traditional European immigration countries in which a lack of educational resources explains larger parts of the educational disadvantages of immigrant children. Our findings provide empirical evidence for the very precarious socio-economic integration of adult immigrants in new destination countries who, despite their relatively strong educational credentials, are placed into the lowest occupational positions. Such weak occupational attainments among the parental generation translate into a lack of material resources and investments available to families to foster their children’s education.

Place Attachment and Social Ties - Migrants and Natives in Three Urban Settings in Vienna

Journal ArticleSSCI
Schnell, Philipp; Kohlbacher, Josef; Reeger, Ursula
Population, Space and Place, Volume 21, Issue 5, 446-462
Publication year: 2015

With ongoing immigration from ‘all over the world’, European cities are realising that the local level is gaining importance as a setting for interethnic coexistence. In this article, we investigate the attachment of migrants and natives to their local context in three neighbourhoods (one better‐off, two more deprived) in Vienna that differ in contextual, structural, and socio‐economic characteristics. We ask how the place attachment of natives and migrants is related to weak and strong social ties. In all three neighbourhoods, we found a majority of residents reported high or medium levels of attachment proving that urban neighbourhoods are still important contexts for local residents. A closer look revealed differences across groups and research areas: The strongest place attachment is displayed by natives in the middle‐class area of Laudongasse, with migrants being significantly less attached, but still more than migrants (and natives) in the two deprived settings. In social housing (Am Schöpfwerk), migrants are more attached than natives, whereas in Ludo‐Hartmann‐Platz, the difference is not significant. The first result is that obviously deprivation reduces individual place attachment. In contrast to previous studies we found that socio‐demographic factors are not relevant, it is social contacts that are important in explaining local attachment. For natives and migrants alike, close ties in the neighbourhood raise local attachment. Small talks are relevant for migrants but not for natives. This is in line with previous studies emphasising the special relevance of weak ties for migrants in supporting the integration process in a new environment.

Network Embeddedness of Migrants: Exploring Variations Across three Neighbourhoods in Vienna

Book Chapter
Schnell, Philipp; Kohlbacher, Josef; Reeger, Ursula
In: Ryan, Luise; Erel, Umut; D`Angelo, Alessio (Eds.). Migrant Capital: Networks, Identities and Strategies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 188-206.
Publication year: 2015

This chapter analyses the local network embeddedness of migrants and their descendants in three different Viennese neighbourhoods and explores the impact it has on community cohesion. We argue that not only are individual characteristics key for the formation of migrants’ networks, but also neighbourhood conditions, as they provide opportunity structures for establishing both bridging and bonding ties and therefore significantly shape access to resources. The three neighbourhood case studies were selected for the diversity they represent in terms of locality, structural features, and their socio-economic and ethnic composition. Using data gathered as part of the 2010 GEITONIES survey we offer an exploration of if, why and how migrants access, develop and maintain different types of local networks in different social and spatial contexts.

Family involvement and educational success of the children of immigrants in Europe. Comparative perspectives

Journal Article
Schnell, Philipp; Fibbi, Rosita; Crul, Maurice; Montero-Sieburth, Martha
Comparative Migration Studies, Volume 3, Issue 10
Publication year: 2015

Recent literature has emphasised the importance of family involvement within immigrant families in determining their children’s educational pathways. On the one hand, the focus on family involvement and the transmission of familial resources becomes more important when disentangling ethnic educational inequalities for second-generation youth. On the other hand, particular practices of family involvement seem to counterbalance disadvantaged origins and become the driving force for educational success. However, few, if any, studies systematically explore the importance of family involvement for educational success by children of immigrants from an international comparative perspective. This introduction paper attempts to fill this gap. In addition to previewing the contents of the articles found in this issue, we include a comparative review of the main communalities found in the contributions of this special issue. The paper concludes with suggestions for future comparative research on family involvement and educational success by children of immigrants in Europe.

Behind the scenes. Family involvement and educational achievement of second-generation Turks in Austria, France and Sweden

Journal Article
Schnell, Philipp
Comparative Migration Studies, Volume 3, Issue 10
Publication year: 2015

This article explores school-related involvement strategies within Turkish families in Austria, France and Sweden and their linkages with educational achievements of their children. Using data from the TIES survey, results show that the educational attainment of second-generation Turks in Austria is much more dependent on various activities of support provided by their parents when compared to their counterparts in France and Sweden after holding family background characteristics constant. Besides, the educational success of second-generation Turks in Austria is reliant on the extra support they receive from older siblings beyond parental involvement and education background. No such significant effects were observed in either France or Sweden. The paper further reveals that second-generation Turks are more reliant on educational support from their parents than are the children of majority families within Austria. The paper suggests that these different findings across countries have to be read in the light of interaction mechanisms with institutional settings of the given education systems.

Bildung mit schnell

Short Piece
Schnell, Philipp
Arbeit & Wirtschaft, 69 (8), 38-39.
Publication year: 2015

Ungleichheitssystem Schule

Short Piece
Schnell, Philipp
Arbeit & Wirtschaft, 69 (6), 26-27.
Publication year: 2015

Betriebliche Weiterbildung macht Unternehmen um 16 % produktiver

Blog Post
Schnell, Philipp
A&W Blog, 15. Dezember 2015
Publication year: 2015

Zwischen den Generationen. Transmissionsprozesse in Familien mit Migrationshintergrund

Book
Weiss, Hilde; Schnell, Philipp; Ateş, Gülay
Wiesbaden: Springer VS Verlag
Publication year: 2014

Dieser Band rückt innerfamiliäre Transmissionsprozesse in Familien mit Migrationshintergrund in den Mittelpunkt. Die Beiträge untersuchen innerfamiliäre Weitergabe in den Bereichen Sprache, Bildung und Mobilität, Heirat und Kontakte bis hin zu Werte, Tradition und Religion. Wandel und Kontinuität zwischen den Generationen nehmen dabei eine Schlüsselstellung ein. Die hier präsentierten Forschungen zeigen in einer ausgewogenen Verbindung von quantitativen und qualitativen Fallstudien, wie intergenerationale Dynamiken die Konturen der Lebenswege und Erfahrungen der Nachfolgegenerationen von MigrantInnen bestimmen und die individuellen Lebensverhältnisse und Chancen außerhalb des Elternhauses beeinflussen. Sie ermöglichen es darüber hinaus, Langzeit-Effekte der Einwanderung in der Aufnahmegesellschaft aufzudecken und theoretische Überlegungen zum Integrationsverlauf zu überdenken.

»Book Review [German]« 

 

Wie die Eltern, so die Kinder?’ Zur Bedeutung familiärer Transmission im gesellschaftlichen Integrationsprozess

Book Chapter
Weiss, Hilde; Schnell, Philipp; Ateş, Gülay
In: Weiss, Hilde; Schnell, Philipp; Ateş, Gülay (Eds). Zwischen den Generationen. Transmissionsprozesse in Familien mit Migrationshintergrund. Wiesbaden: Springer VS Verlag, 1-15.
Publication year: 2014

Turkish migrants and their descendants in Austria: Patterns of exclusion and individual and political responses

Journal Article
Sievers, Wiebke; Atac, Ilker; Schnell, Philipp
Migration Letters, Volume 11, Issue 3, 263-274
Publication year: 2014

Turkish immigrants and their descendants have become the main target of antiimmigrant political mobilization in Austria since the 1990s. They have come to epitomize the image of the Oriental enemy and the Muslim other. Based on these discursive constructions, Muslims in general, and Turks in particular, have often been described as unwilling to integrate into Austrian society. The articles in this special issue show not only that these discourses and exclusionary attitudes may result in discriminatory practices towards Turkish immigrants and their descendants in Austria, but also that the alleged unwillingness to integrate may be explained by the lack of effort made by the Austrian government and Austrian institutions to integrate this group.

Bildung: Die „Zweite Generation“ im europäischen Vergleich

Short Piece
Herzog-Punzenberger, Barbara; Schnell, Philipp
FORBA-Trendreport (2): 20-21.
Publication year: 2014

Transmission von Partnerpräferenzen in muslimischen Familien in Österreich

Book Chapter
Schnell, Philipp
In: Weiss, Hilde; Schnell, Philipp; Ateş, Gülay (Eds). Zwischen den Generationen. Transmissionsprozesse in Familien mit Migrationshintergrund. Wiesbaden: Springer VS Verlag, 113-134.
Publication year: 2014

The social wellbeing of second-generation Turks in two Austrian cities

Journal Article
Schnell, Philipp
Migration Letters, Volume 11, Issue 3, 300-315
Publication year: 2014

The most recent Austrian Integration Report indicates that a substantial proportion of Turkish immigrants do not feel at home in Austria. Whether these lower levels of social well-being also apply to the Turkish first, second or follow-up generations in Austria is uncertain. This article aims to fill this gap by asking how the Turkish second generation perceives their social inclusion into Austrian society. Results based on the TIES survey reveal that social well-being is largely determined by immigrants’ socioeconomic achievements as well as by experiences of discrimination in their educational and occupational trajectories and daily life. Intergenerational progress is also found to be positively related with social well-being but at a much lower level.

Super-diversity and diversity related policies in Vienna

Report
Kohlbacher, Josef; Schnell, Philipp; Reeger, Ursula; Franz, Yvonne
Vienna: ICEC Baseline Study.
Publication year: 2014

Nachbarschaftliche Einbettung und Kontakte zwischen Bewohnern mit und ohne Migrationshintergrund in drei Wiener Wohngebieten

Book Chapter
Kohlbacher, Josef; Reeger, Ursula; Schnell, Philipp
In: Dahlvik, Julia; Reinprecht, CHristoph; Sievers, Wiebke (Eds.). Migration und Integration – wissenschaftliche Perspektiven aus Österreich. Jahrbuch 2. Vienna: Vienna University Press, 217-238.
Publication year: 2014

Inclusive education for children of immigrants: The Turkish second generation in Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria

Book Chapter
Schnell, Philipp; Crul, Maurice
In: Szalai, Julia; Schiff, Claire (Eds.). Migrant, Roma and Post-Colonial Youth in Education across Europe: Being 'Visibly Different'. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 34-50.
Publication year: 2014

This study examines the factors that contribute to cross-national differences in educational attainment among second-generation Turks in Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden. Drawing on the international TIES survey we investigate empirically school trajectories and outcomes from descendants of Turkish immigrants in the three countries to identify the main driving forces behind social mobility. We pay particular attention to the interactions between the prevailing institutional arrangements in school and the role that family resources play in education to explain cross-national differences in outcomes. Our results show these crossnational differences can hardly be explained by differences in the parental generation of second-generation Turks. Instead, our empirical evidence highlights that the interaction between the institutional arrangements and family level factors determines the direction and the ultimate outcome of the educational process. Education systems which provide more favourable institutional arrangements render second-generation Turks less dependent on family factors and resources and ultimately lead to their higher educational attainment.

Educational mobility of second-generation Turks. Cross-national perspectives

Book
Schnell, Philipp
Amsterdam University Press (IMISCOE Research Series)
Publication year: 2014

This research volume investigates educational inequalities among children of Turkish immigrants in multiple North-Western European countries. Turks are one of the largest immigrant groups in this region, and they are among the most disadvantaged in terms of education. This study seeks the causes of variations in educational mobility of second-generation Turks across three European countries and five cities in Sweden, France, and Austria.

The findings show that differences are most pronounced in the Austrian education system. They can be seen clearly in France, and they are least pronounced in the Sweden. Cross-national differences are explained via an investigation of individual and institutional factors and the interactions between the two. The study underscores the importance of both individual characteristics and institutional ones. But the institutional arrangements of education systems are found to matter more for the outcome of this mobility process. In educational systems that provide more favourable institutional arrangements, educational mobility of second-generation Turks becomes less dependent on individual-level factors and resources, thus leading to greater educational achievement.

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“This methodologically sophisticated dissection of the roots of educational disadvantage among the children of Turkish immigrants in Austria, France, and Sweden subtly probes the interplay of family background, school experience, and educational systems.  It gives us the clearest  picture yet of what counts, when, and why.”

–       John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York Graduate Center

“ Of great interest not only to migration scholars and specialists in the education of children of migrant origin, but also to researchers in the sociology of education and others concerned with education in general.”

–       Rosa Aparicio Gómez, Instituto Universitario de Investigación José Ortega y Gasset

“The range of quantitative methods utilized in order to adopt different analytical angles is impressive … A clear contribution to the field.”

–       Can M. Aybek,  Bremen University of Applied Sciences

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Book Chapter
Herzog-Punzenberger, Barbara; Schnell, Philipp
In: Stevens, Peter; Dworkin, Gary A. (Eds.). The Palgrave Handbook of Race and Ethnic Inequalities in Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 121-167.
Publication year: 2014

Success against all odds: Educational pathways of disadvantaged second-generation Turks in France and the Netherlands

Journal Article
Schnell, Philipp; Crul, Maurice; Keskiner, Elif
Education Inquiry, Volume 4, Issue 1, 763-785
Publication year: 2013

By drawing on comparative analyses of successful second-generation Turks from disadvantaged family backgrounds in France and the Netherlands, this article examines pathways and mechanisms that lead to educational success against the backdrop of structural and familial disadvantages. We foreground the experiences and practices of successful second-generation Turks in both countries and demonstrate the importance of institutional arrangements and their interactions with individual resources to account for their success. We use data from the “The Integration of the European Second Generation” (TIES) survey to reconstruct school careers and to inventory opportunities and constraints presented to them in the most important selection processes. We illustrate our findings with life stories drawn from qualitative interviews with TIES respondents in both settings. Combining the results of both quantitative and qualitative data analysis allows us to unravel the mechanisms of the educational success of second-generation Turks from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Strong ties inside and outside the neighbourhood. An exploratory analysis of the spatial dimension of ego/alter relations in three urban settings in Vienna

Journal Article
Kohlbacher, Josef; Reeger, Ursula; Schnell, Philipp
Finisterra XLIV (96), 43-64
Publication year: 2013

The educational mobility of second-generation Turks in cross-national perspective: empirical findings, explanations and policy lessons

Book Chapter
Schnell, Philipp
In: van Helsum, Anja; Garcés-Mascareñas, Blanca (Eds.). Migration and Integration Research. Filling in Penninx`s Heuristic Model. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 76-88.
Publication year: 2013

School Careers of Second-Generation Youth in Europe: Which Education Systems Provide the Best Chances for Success?

Book Chapter
Crul, Maurice; Schnell, Philipp; et al.
In: Crul, Maurice; Schneider, Jens; Lelie, Frans (Eds.). The European Second Generation Compared: Does the Integration Context Matter? Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 101-164.
Publication year: 2012

Success against all odds

Book Chapter
Crul, Maurice; Zhou, Min; Lee, Jennifer; Schnell, Philipp; Keskiner, Elif
In: Crul, Maurice; Mollenkopf, John (Eds). The Changing Face of World Cities. Young Adult Children of Immigrants in Europe and the United States. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 65-96.
Publication year: 2012

Neighbourhood embeddedness in six European cities: Differences between neighbourhood types and immigrant background

Journal ArticleSSCI
Schnell, Philipp; Kohlbacher, Josef; Reeger, Ursula
Polish Sociological Review, Volume 180, Issue 4, 523-544
Publication year: 2012

This paper analyses neighbourhood embeddedness of immigrant and non-immigrant populations in six European cities. We define neighbourhood embeddedness as an individual level concept and distinguish two main dimensions: place and network embeddedness. The neighbourhood embeddedness concept provides us with the possibility to study attitudinal and behavioural aspects of individuals related to the place of living. Using data from the ‘Generating Interethnic Tolerance and Neighbourhood Integration in European Urban Spaces’ (GEITONIES) project, we explore communalities and differences in the degree of embeddedness and its underlyingmechanisms for immigrant and non-immigrant residents across a set of different neighbourhood types. Our findings suggest that neighbourhoods are still important focal points of social life. But immigrants are characterized by higher levels of neighbourhood embeddedness than native residents which are mostly related to the strong link between perceived feelings of attachment to the people in the neighbourhood and the place as such.

Die Situation mehrsprachiger Schüler/innen im österreichischen Schulsystem – Problemlagen, Rahmenbedingungen und internationaler Vergleich

Book Chapter
Herzog-Punzenberger, Barbara; Schnell, Philipp
In: Herzog-Punzenberger, Barbara (Ed). Nationaler Bildungsbericht Österreich 2012, Band 2: Fokussierte Analysen bildungspolitischer Schwerpunktthemen. Graz: Leykam, 229-268.
Publication year: 2012

Im Beitrag von Barbara Herzog-Punzenberger und Philipp Schnell rücken die mehrsprachigen Kinder und Jugendlichen in den Fokus. Ihre Situation wird in einem ersten Schritt mit der Frage der Mehrsprachigkeit in der österreichischen Schule und Gesellschaft sowie im Unterricht verknüpft. Unter dem Aspekt der Chancengleichheit werden anhand der verfügbaren Daten die Bildungsteilnahme und -verläufe von mehrsprachigen Kindern und Jugendlichen in Österreich und im internationalen Vergleich einschließlich der sie beeinflussenden Faktoren untersucht. Hingewiesen wird dabei auf die wenig beachteten Diskrepanzen zwischen Schulformen im berufsbildenden Schulwesen.

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Neighbourhood Embeddedness and Social Coexistence. Immigrants and Natives in three urban settings in Vienna

Report
Kohlbacher, Josef; Reeger, Ursula; Schnell, Philipp
Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.
Publication year: 2012

Educational Achievement Gaps between Immigrant and Native Students in Two “New Immigration Countries”: Italy and Spain in comparison

Journal ArticleSSCI
Azzolini, Davide; Schnell, Philipp; Palmer, John R.
ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 643, Issue 1, 46-77
Publication year: 2012

The authors use 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data to determine how immigrant children in Italy and Spain compare with native students in reading and mathematics skills. Drawing on the vast empirical literature in countries with traditionally high rates of immigration, the authors test the extent to which the most well-established patterns and hypotheses of immigrant/native educational achievement gaps also apply to these comparatively “new” immigration countries. The authors find that both first- and second-generation immigrant students underperform natives in both countries. Although socioeconomic background and language skills contribute to the explanation of achievement gaps, significant differences remain within the countries even after controlling for those variables. While modeling socioeconomic background reduces the observed gaps to a very similar extent in both countries, language spoken at home is more strongly associated with achievement gaps in Italy. School-type differentiation, such as tracking in Italy and school ownership in Spain, do not reduce immigrant/native gaps, although in Italy tracking is strongly associated with immigrant students’ test scores.