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CASE Social Exclusion Seminars

Migrant-origin children in Ireland: Language and reading development in early childhood

Frances McGinnity (Associate Research Professor at the ESRI and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin)

Wednesday 08 June 2022 16:30 - 18:00

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About this event

Ireland provides a useful case study into the experiences of second-generation migrants in a ‘new immigration country’ where relatively little is known about the Irish-born children of recent migrants. This talk will discuss the paper that draws on a large representative cohort study of children born in 2008, Growing up in Ireland, one third of whom are of migrant origin (14% with one parent born abroad and 19% with both parents (or lone parent) born abroad). The paper use OLS modelling and Gelbach decomposition analysis to examine how country of birth, linguistic and ethnic background of parents influence children’s English vocabulary and reading scores from age three to age nine, and the role of socio-economic status, child characteristics and school characteristics in explaining these relationships, and a lagged dependent variable model to explore progression over time.

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