HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 c1040W
Mr. Simon Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many(a) primary and (b) secondary schools had over (i) 10 per cent., (ii) 25 per cent. and (iii) 50 per cent. of pupils who were asylum seekers' children in each of the last five years. [56874]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

Information on the number of children of asylum seekers in schools is not collected centrally.

The Refugee Council has estimated that there is in the region of 80,000 children of asylum seekers and refugees in schools in the United Kingdom.

This compares to an estimated 8,397,000 children aged five to 15 years in maintained and non-maintained schools in the United Kingdom and therefore represents on average 0.95 per cent. of school aged children.

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