Improving Education for Migrant-Background Students: A Transatlantic Comparison of School Funding

Study | June 2016

The educational needs of migrant-background students in primary and secondary schools pose a growing challenge for policymakers and educators around the world. For policymakers, school funding designs are an important means of influencing how schools and school districts serve their students who are immigrants or the children of immigrants.

In a joint report, the U.S.-based Migration Policy Institute and the Expert Council's Research Unit shed light on supplementary funding mechanisms targeted to migrant-background students, and some of the key challenges and strategies decisionmakers are wrestling with as they attempt to ensure that additional resources are used effectively. The joint research project was funded by the Stiftung Mercator.