One in four second generation Dutch Turks and Moroccans are highly educated and have a successful position within society, according to research by the Nicis institute and Amsterdam and Rotterdam city councils.
But this group begin their education with a disadvantage because their talents are not recognised at primary school and they often have to take a long route into higher education, say the researchers.
‘Fifteen years ago successful people from ethnic minorities were an exception to the rule but with the second generation the first elite is visible,’ researcher Maurice Crul tells today’s Volkskrant.
Despite this growing success, a significant number of second generation Dutch Turks and
Moroccans leave school without any qualifications.
The survey involved a thousand young people born in the Netherlands and with Turkish or Moroccan parents. It is believed to be the biggest study of its kind.
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