Intergenerational Spillover Effects of Language Training for Refugees
Children of refugees are among the most economically disadvantaged youth in several European countries. They are more likely to drop out of school and to commit crime. We show that a reform in Denmark in 1999, that expanded language training for adult refugees and improved their economic integration, had significant intergenerational spillover effects in terms of higher completion rates from lower secondary school and lower juvenile crime rates. The effects on crime are driven by boys who were below school-starting age when their parents were treated.
This project is conducted as part of the Economic Assimilation Research Network (EARN), generously financed by the Innovation Fund Denmark (grant no. 6149-00024B). We thank the Ministry of Immigration and Integration for assistance with data and reports on early language training in Denmark. The project benefited from feedback and discussions with numerous seminar participants. The project has been approved by the relevant authorities in Denmark, including Statistics Denmark and the GDPR office at University of Copenhagen (journal nr. 514-0101/19-2000) The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.