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Poorer educational performance by certain groups?

Key Area:
Discrimination, Equality
15/02/2012 - 03:15
Short Answer

There is some evidence of poorer educational performance by Roma and Africans.

Qualitative Info

The Third Report on Portugal published by the Eurpean Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) states that, in the absence of detailed statistics, according to several studies children from certain immigrant groups, in particular Africans, do less well at school than Portuguese pupils and are less likely to continue their education (p. 17).

According to the ECRI report, there are very few Roma children who pursue their studies beyond the first cycle. The report identifies that Roma girls are particularly likely to leave school at a very early age for cultural reasons. The report adds that according to non-government sources there were fewer than ten Roma students in higher education. (p. 30).


ECRI (2007), Third Report on Portugal, Strasbourg: Council of Europe,, Date of access: 27.02.2012.

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Roma & Travelers, Ethnic minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-roma/ romaphobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Education
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