Gauging Impact of Immigrant Students

10 February 2016

The Straits Times

In an article contribution by Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, Department of Economics, he noted that many people may be inclined to believe that studying in an environment with many immigrant students will hurt one’s academic performance. His recent study suggested that greater exposure to immigrant students actually has a positive impact on the academic achievements of native students in Australia. Immigrant students in Australia have more negative impacts when they are non-native speakers of the test language, when they have less educated parents, and when they arrive in the host country at later ages.

The “Ask: NUS Economists” column is a monthly series by the NUS Economics Department. Each month, a panel will address a topical issue.

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