Category Archives: Data

Rising numbers of immigrants want to gain an education in the UK

A recent study carried out by Gov.uk has shown that student visas are steadily increasing in number.

According to the study, student visa applications have risen by 4% in 2013, with 210,102 immigrants applying applying to study in the UK. This is of a similar number to 2012’s study, where 210,109 immigrants applied to study in the United Kingdom

The study has also shown that there has been a 7% rise in student visas in regards to the university sector.

Multi-culturism is increasing

These results indicate that multi-culturism is clearly on the rise in the UK. A study carried out by the Office of National Statistics has shown that London and the West Midlands are currently the most ethnically diverse hotspots in Britain. According to Immigration Matters, international students choose to study in the UK because there is a better quality of education available in the country.

The topic of immigration is mainly seen as having a strong negative impact on the UK and its economy. However, foreign students are attracted to studying in the UK because of the educational opportunities that it provides. The Gov.uk study has also shown that study related visas have been especially popular amongst Chinese with a 9% increase, Brazilian nationals with a 147% increase and Malaysian nationals with a 24% increase in visa issues.

 

 

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Ameera’s journey

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Birmingham has the highest number of EAL support teachers employed

Birmingham has the highest number of teachers employed for English as an Additional Language (EAL) support in the West Midlands, research shows.

Data obtained by the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) shows the number of teachers employed to meet the needs of English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils.

Figure 1: Number of teachers employed in the West Midlands to meet the needs of English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils

number of teachers employed for EAL

The chart shows Birmingham has the highest number of teachers employed to meet the needs of EAL pupils, with a figure of 74.

The only county in the West Midlands to have 0 teachers employed for EAL needs is Shropshire.

Number of EAL pupils increases by half a million in 15 years

Recent data by the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) shows the numbers of pupils who have, or are learning, English as an Additional Language (EAL) has increased by half a million in the last 15 years.

Figure 1: Total number of pupils whose first language is other than English (1997-2013)

Source: NALDIC

Source: NALDIC

The chart shows an increase in the number of pupils whose first language is other than English, between the years of 1997 and 2013. The peak is shown to be in the year of 2013, after steadily increasing for 5 years.

Figure 2: Percentage of school population learning EAL (1997-2013)

Source: NALDIC

Source: NALDIC

Figure 2 shows that although the percentage of pupils learning EAL remains under 20%, there has been a clear increase from the years between 1997 and 2013.

The chart also shows that the percentage of primary school pupils learning EAL has been relatively higher than that of secondary school pupils.

DATA: Most migrants come to the UK to work or study

A 2012 International Passenger Survey (IPS) conducted by the Office of National Statistics found the given reasons to why people migrate to the UK.

Figure 1: 2012 inflow of those coming to the UK for a given purpose (EU nationals excluding British)

EU nationals purpose of migrating

Figure 2: 2012 inflow of those coming to the UK for a given purpose (Non-EU nationals)

Non-EU nationals purpose of migrating

The two charts show the inflow of those migrating to the UK in 2012, and their given purpose.

Figure 1 shows a greater emphasis of EU nationals (excluding British) arriving in the UK for work purposes, whilst figure 2 is heavier for Non-EU nationals migrating to study in the UK.

Figure 3: 2012 inflow of those coming to UK for a given purpose (all nationalities)

all nationals migrating to UK

Figure 3 shows the inflow of all nationalities coming to the UK for a given purpose. This shows that work and study are equally weighted reasons for people migrating to the UK.