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Problems with educational attainement by certain groups (drop out - fragmentation of educational experience)?

Key Area:
Discrimination, Equality
24/01/2013 - 12:52
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One of the core results of a working paper published by the Federal Ministry for Migration, Refugees and Integration (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge) in 2008 shows that foreign pupils drop out of secondary school before graduation more often than German pupils. 11.6 per cent of men and 14.4 per cent of women with a migration background do not obtain a general certificate of school graduation; compared to 1.7 per cent men and 1.8 per cent women without a migration background.

Still, a trend can be observed that persons with a migration background hold, with decreasing age, more often a graduation certificate. For example, women with a migration background between 15 and 25 obtain two and a half times more often a graduation than women aged between 45 and 65 [2, pp. 5, 46, 48]. The second Integration Indicator Report issued by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration) confirmed the positive trend, not only within the general population but also within the group of persons with a migration background [1, pp. 11/12].

A study on the current educational situation of German Sinti and Roma (2007–2011) showed that 13 per cent of the Sinti and Roma respondents have never attended school. Among those who attended school, 44 per cent did not graduate. A general problem for Sinti and Roma to achieve better education are antiziganistic stereotypes, which result in discrimination coming from pupils as well as from teachers [3, pp. 11, 94].



  1. Engels, Dietrich/ Köller, Regine/ Koopmans, Ruud/ Höhne, Jutta (2011), Zweiter Integrationsindikatorenbericht,, Accessed on 13.02.2012.
  2. Siegert, Manuel (2008), Schulische Bildung von Migranten in Deutschland, Working Paper 23, der Forschungsgruppe des Bundesamtes aus der Reihe „Integrationsreport“,, Acessed on 16.01.2010.
  3. Strauß, Daniel (ed.) (2011), Studie zur aktuellen Bildungssituation deutscher Sinti und Roma,, Accessed on 06.02.2012.


Groups affected/interested Migrants, Ethnic minorities, National minorities
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Education
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