In Britain, 28 Per Cent of School Children Are from Immigrant Families

In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 photo a child rises her hand to answer a question of teacher Sandra Wiandt, background, at a so-called Willkommensklasse (Welcome Class) at the elementary school at the Baeke in Berlin, Germany. As a new school year began last month, Berlin’s schools saw non-German speaking …
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Statistics collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that nearly one-third of children in British schools are immigrants, higher even than the EU average.

The new figures show that only two EU member states have higher levels of migrant children in their schools — Sweden and Ireland — in a revelation that illustrates the remarkable speed with which demographic changes are sweeping the country.

According to the analysis of the OECD’s 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data, an assessment of student attainment in OECD member states around the world, some 29 per cent of UK school pupils aged 15 were from migrant families. The figure puts the UK well above both the European Union and global OECD average, both of which are below 25 per cent.

The study defined ‘migrant children’ as first-generation arrivals who had been born abroad, second-generation immigrants whose parents had been born abroad, and “natives of mixed heritage” with one foreign parent. The 2015 figures came from the same year that an estimated 4.8 million migrants arrived in OECD member states.

Between 2003 and 2015, the proportion of 15-year-old native born pupils with two native-born parents dropped some nine per cent in the United Kingdom. In the Republic of Ireland, that change was 16 per cent.

The figures also showed that migrant children were less likely to “feel a sense of belonging at school”, being some 11 per cent behind their native classmates on average across the European Union, and six per cent less likely to feel satisfied with life.

The results follow the revelation that the OECD’s PISA tests will change the way they assess schools worldwide in future.

Breitbart London reported in January that the international rankings would reflect how well schools are “nurturing” attitudes towards key globalist topics such as immigration and feminism, with PISA director Andreas Schleicher saying schools much be assessed on more than just exam results.

In the test, pupils are asked to what extent they agree with statements such as, “Immigrants should have the opportunity to continue their own customs and lifestyle”, as well as to report on whether their teachers espouse globalist views.

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