May Farrales and Geraldine Pratt

Publication date:
08-15-2012

Last Reviewed: 01-08-2013

Stalled Development of Immigrant Filipino Youths: Migration, Suspended Ambitions and the ESL Classroom


Source: Metropolis Working Paper Series: No. 12-10: AUGUST 2012

Summary:
This paper explores the educational experiences and issues of children of first-generation Filipino immigrants in Canada. Paying close attention to how newly arrived Filipino-Canadian youths describe their experiences of migration from the Philippines and their integration into Canadian schools.

Abstract

Recent studies have revealed a disconnect between first-generation Filipino parents’ educational achievements in the Philippines and their children’s lower levels of educational attainment after migrating to Canada. This paper explores the educational experiences and issues of children of first-generation Filipino immigrants in Canada. Paying close attention to how newly arrived Filipino-Canadian youths describe their experiences of migration from the Philippines and their integration into Canadian schools. This working paper attempts to help make sense of the less-than-expected educational achievements and outcomes of these youths. 


There are three facets of research that we report on here. First, we extend and update the documentation of Filipino immigrant youths’ educational outcomes to solidify and more closely specify the claim that this is a phenomenon that demands scholarly and policy attention.  Second, we report on a survey done with 45 Filipino post-secondary students in Vancouver who, like Victor, have experienced educational success; we do this to better understand the factors that lead to this positive outcome. Third, in the bulk of the paper we introduce research with 46 Filipino youths in two Vancouver public high schools to expand our understanding of the processes that lead to the observed patterns of poor educational outcomes, and to render more complex the questions that one might ask about educational success and failure.

 



Link 1: http://mbc.metropolis.net/assets/uploads/files/wp/2012/WP12-10.pdf

Theme: Immigration Trends, Settlement and Inclusion

Region: Greater Vancouver and Tri Cities

Subject Group: Immigrants