161 nationalities in our secondary schools

There are 161 different nationalities in Irish secondary schools, and of the entire student population, 12% were born overseas.

There are 373,548 students in secondary schools and 44,738 of those were born outside of Ireland.

Next to Irish-born students at 328,810, the largest number of foreign-born pupils are those from Britain with a total of 10,050.

Following the UK, is Poland and Lithuania at 6,541 and 2,542 respectively. There are 2,450 students from the United States, 2,340 from Nigeria and 2,196 from Spain.

These are the most up-to-date figures and all relate to the 2014/2015 school year. They were provided to the Irish Examiner, from the Department of Education.

In the 2014/2015 school year, there were 1,700 Filipino-born students in Irish secondary schools, 1,440 Romanian-born and 1,346 Latvian-born.

In terms of school types, the 161 different nationalities (which include Irish) attended community, comprehensive, secondary and Education and Training Board (ETB) run schools.

A total of 191,147 students were enrolled in secondary schools, 124,325 were registered to ETB schools, 50,199 pupils were enrolled in community schools and 7,877 in comprehensive schools.

Of the foreign nationalities, 22,834 were enrolled in secondary schools and 15,247 were enrolled in ETB schools.

A further 5,962 attended community schools and the remaining 695 were enrolled in comprehensive schools.

Students hailed from countries as remote as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, Togo in West Africa and Yemen.

On the other end of the scale, the least number of students came from Mozambique, with just five pupils enrolled in Irish schools with this country registered as their place of birth.

Seven pupils came from Yemen, 15 from Burma and 38 from Malawi.

A spokesperson from the Department of Education said the figures were recorded after schools submitted their report of students by country of birth, last October.

“These figures are indicative only. Amongst the data collected on each student is a ‘country of birth’ designation. This designation defaults to “Ireland” unless otherwise indicated by schools in their returns to the department.

“The figures for 2014/15 are based on the returned designations for countries other than Ireland. The figures include all students enrolled in post-primary schools including Post-Leaving Certificate and Core VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme).”

The primary school figures were collected from the census of schools in 2014 and therefore have been previously published.

In 2014, there were 544,696 students enrolled in primary schools and 60,979 (11.2%) were born outside of Ireland.

More than 30,000 of the students came from other countries in Europe, 9,048 were born in African countries, 3,549 were born in Britain and 782 came from Latin or South America.


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