Segregation at Primary Schools in Germany: The Effect of Parental Choice of School.

Policy Brief | November 2012

Parental choice of school has a significant impact on the segregation of young migrants in the Germany education system. In its Berlin case study, the Expert Council’s Research Unit shows that many native German families take active steps to circumvent the official (binding) assignment of primary schools. As a result one in five primary schools enrols twice as many migrant students than are found in its catchment area. Based on the analysis, the Policy Brief gives practical recommendations on how to improve educational opportunities at segregated schools, e.g. by intensifying parent-teacher collaboration, networking with external partners and continuous teacher training dedicated to diversity.