StatsCan paper compares immigrants' PSE participation rates in Canada and Switzerland

July 27, 2012

In a new paper Statistics Canada explores differences in PSE participation rates between students with and without immigrant backgrounds in Canada and Switzerland. In Switzerland, students with immigrant backgrounds typically have lower levels of PSE participation than students with Swiss backgrounds. The study observes that this difference can be accounted for almost entirely by poorer high school performance among students with immigrant backgrounds, with the poor performance explained partly by differences in family and socio-economic backgrounds of immigrant students compared to students with Swiss-born parents. In Canada, students with immigrant backgrounds have a much higher rate of PSE participation than those with Canadian-born parents. Unlike in Switzerland, differences in high school performance in Canada account for little of the difference in PSE participation rates among students with and without immigrant backgrounds. Report