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The definition of segregated schools implies that the institution concentrates members of a marginalized minority (such as ethnic minorities, learners with an immigrant background). The level of early school leaving is often higher in segregated institutions. This is due to the fact that students coming from marginalized communities face the same social disadvantages. The concentration of disadvantages in the classroom hinders the learning opportunities and learning outcomes of the students. Evidence shows that there is a strong link between early school leaving, social disadvantage and a low level of parental education, low socioeconomic status being one of the key factors increasing the risk of early dropout. A systematic response, developing effective strategies and policies for school desegregation is thus a prerequisite of preventing early school leaving.

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