Immigrant Access to Training in France

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 8:45 AM
Room: F201
Oral Presentation
Laure MOGUÉROU , Université Paris Ouest, CRESPPA, GTM, France
Jean-Luc PRIMON , Université Nice, France
Few studies in France have focused on immigrants' access to vocational training. This lack of data is surprising in a field which has otherwise been extensively studied. Indeed, one of the stated goals of ‘lifelong learning’ is precisely to compensate for educational inequality, and immigrant access to lifelong learning is therefore essential. The recent study conducted by Gelot and Minni using data from the 2003 FQP survey is a key contribution in this area. They have shown that the rate of immigrant access to continuing education is lower than that of people of French origin and that these differences persist even after controlling for individual characteristics (age, gender, level of education, type of employment).

The aim of this paper is therefore to go one step further by focusing on the differences which exist within the immigrant population, particularly in matters of administrative status. The hypothesis tested here is that the category established by the immigration authorities when awarding first residence permits is an important line of divide, impacting immigrants' later access to continuing education.

Descriptive and multivariate analyses will be undertaken using data from the TeO survey (Trajectories and Origins, INED-INSEE 2008-2009), including interviews of 5,000 immigrants who arrived in France as adults, after completing their initial education or who never attended school. Data from the ELIPA survey (Longitudinal survey on the integration of first-time immigrants) conducted on the 14,000 signatories of the 2009 Reception and Integration Contract (CAI) undertaken in 2010, 2011 and 2013 will also be used.