MA Research Paper

Title

The Educational Attainment Differences Among Children of Immigrants in Canada

Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Sociology

Supervisor

Anna Zajacova

Abstract

This paper examines the differences of educational attainment levels of adult children of immigrants. Our research question is: What are the educational attainment differences among children of immigrants? Additionally, do educational attainment differences across generational status vary by gender and race? We use the 2016 Census public file from Statistics Canada, and estimate linear regression models to examine education levels. Our data supports optimism theory, and does not support straight-line and accommodation/selective assimilation theory. Our data also finds that third-generation females have higher education compared to third-generation males. Furthermore, we find that third-generation Asian’s have an advantage in education, while third-generation Black’s and Latin American’s experience a disadvantage in education.

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