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Canadian Immigrant Youth and their Academic Performance

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This paper analyzes high school completion among immigrant youth by ethnic group/source regions and period of arrival, using 2011 National Household Survey data. These data indicate a great disparity among the ethnic group/source regions and within each ethnic group/source region by province of residence. The emphasis in this study is in Vancouver. The group most at risk of dropping out of school in Vancouver is Southeast Asians. Qualitative analysis is conducted with stakeholders connected to the Vancouver School Board to determine the policies and programs in place to support immigrant youth, and policies that are likely to improve high school outcomes. This research finds that better identification for those groups at risk, better outreach and coordination of support services, and improvements to the English Language Learning program would help newcomers achieve better success in school.
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