Cognitive and language skills of Turkish children in Germany: A comparison of the second and third generation and mixed generational groups | Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung

Birgit Becker
Cognitive and language skills of Turkish children in Germany: A comparison of the second and third generation and mixed generational groups

International Migration Review, 2011: 45, Heft 2, S. 426-459

The paper compares several generational groups of Turkish children in Germany with respect to cognitive skills and German language skills at an early age. Empirically, children of intermarriages outperform the other groups of Turkish children in both tests while children with a first generation mother and a second generation father score worse than all others. All group differences regarding children's cognitive skills can be explained by the families' socio-economic status and educational resources. In contrast, with respect to children's language skills also parents' endowment with receiving country specific resources (e.g., parental German language proficiency) needs to be taken into account.