ESRI Research Series

Children of migrants in Ireland: how are they faring?

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March 3, 2022
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For many commentators the litmus test of integration is how well the children of migrants are faring. This report investigates whether children born in Ireland to migrant parents differ from children with Irish-born parents in terms of their English language development at three, five and nine years of age, and their self-concept at nine years. It draws on rich data from the ’08 cohort of Growing up in Ireland which collects information on the children, their families, their schools, their skills and well-being in the first nine years of their lives.