UK Schools Will Need 418,000 Extra Places Due Migrant Baby Boom, REPORT
The Department for Education releases figures of how net migration effects schools
New figures suggest English schools could be at breaking point and need to find an extra 420,000 places over the next ten years, due to a baby boom among migrant mothers.
The Department for Education noted that while the “direct immigration of pupils born outside the UK has a very small effect on the school-age population,” the birth rate “is in turn affected by any increase in the number of children born to non-UK born women (who overall tend to have higher fertility rates).”
According to the document which explains the underlying methodology of the figures say that “Changes in the population who are of school age is largely driven by an increase in the birth rate rather than direct immigration."
It adds that “that birth rate is in turn affected by any increase in the number of children born to non-UK born women (compared to those born to non-UK-born women).”
The Government document states:
“The number of children born to non-UK born women increased by around 75 percent between 2002 and 2013 (the years in which many children currently in schools were born)."
The document does, however, appear to downplay the figures by implying that “this was a period of increased births generally.”
The executive director of the Migration Watch UK, Neil Anderson, appears to suggest that the Department of Education was understating the scale of the challenge.
Anderson told Breitbart London that “thousands of schools in England are bursting at the seams in the wake of the population boom, four-fifths of which has been driven since 2001 by massive levels of immigration.”
Anderson also added that it was clear that “The net arrival of 250,000 people per year cannot but have a huge impact on school capacity."
He noted that it was “high time the Government started to deal with the problem by delivering on their promise to reduce immigration.”
In May, the UK's populist Brexit Party, led by the former head of the nationalist UK Independent Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, stormed to victory in the European Union Parliamentary elections.
The results are reflective on the UK's general response to mass migration, which many believe is putting pressure on hospitals, schools, and other services.
According to preliminary results, Farage's pro-Brexit party received the majority of votes in the United Kingdom's East, North West and South-West of England and Wales.
Farage struck fear into the heart of the British political establishment as his Brexit Party surged in the EU elections, gaining as much as 40 percent of the vote in some parts of the country.