Child's age at migration, high school course-taking and higher education

Anastasia Gorodzeisky, Yariv Feniger, Hanna Ayalon

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The study examined the effect of child age at migration on high school course-taking and higher education attainment, focusing on Former Soviet Union (FSU) immigrants who arrived in Israel at primary-school age. Based on a representative Israeli national sample, combining data from Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Education, and higher education institutions, we applied multinomial regression models. The data did not support the ‘critical age’ hypothesis, according to which the educational outcomes of immigrant children start to decrease after a distinct age at migration when the ability to learn a new language begins to shrink. However, children who were older at migration and thus arrived closer to the stage when curricular differentiation begins in lower secondary education had higher chances of enrolling in less prestigious educational programs. Age at migration was not related to the chances of attaining an academic degree.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107188
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2023


  • Age at migration
  • High school course-taking
  • Higher education attainment
  • Immigrant students
  • Israel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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