IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


When non-native speakers compete for top schools

18 May 2023, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

Pupils in science class. Image: Matt Clayton for UCL

Join this event to hear Elisa Facchetti discuss how migrants' demand for school places has affected native students in England.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities


Room G02
55-59 Gordon Square

In the UK, the migration issue became particularly important after 2004, when ten new countries joined the European Union (EU), which granted freedom of movement to 450 million people across 24 countries. As a result, the UK experienced a dramatic increase in the inflow of migrants, with almost one million people moving to the UK between 2004 and 2014.

In this seminar, Elisa will explore the consequences of the unprecedented migrant inflows into the UK that followed the 2004 EU enlargement. She will look at the link between migrants’ demand for school places and the school displacement of native students in England. She will talk about the consequences of increased competition for schools and exposure to new peers on natives' educational achievements.

This event will be particularly useful for researchers, teachers and policy makers.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined both in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Elisa Facchetti

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Her research interests lie in the economics of crime, the economics of education and the intersection between the two.

More about Elisa Facchetti