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Number of Foreign Elementary School Children Increasing

In the autumn of 2006, the Bureau of Statistics began issuing data regarding elementary school students’ citizenship. In the five years since, students with foreign citizenship have increased by 393 and now amount to 1,373 children. reports this today.

children-laugard-fampark_pkPhoto by Páll Kjartansson.

In 2006, foreign students constituted 2.2 percent of elementary school children but in the autumn of 2011 they numbered 3.2 percent.

The largest group is children of Polish citizenship (679), followed by those of Lithuanian (117).

Similarly, students registered as having a foreign language as a mother tongue have increased by 99 from the previous school year. Now, 5.7 percent of elementary school students have a language other than Icelandic as their native language.

The largest group is Polish-speaking students (787), then Filipino (241), English (182), Thai (137) and Lithuanian (116).


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