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'pounds 40bn in next five years' to teach children of immigrants.

TEACHING the children of immigrants in the UK cost almost pounds 13m a day last year and more than half a million school places will be needed over the next five years to meet future demand, a campaign group said today.

Migrationwatch said the cost of the 550,000 extra school places will reach pounds 40bn over the five-year period and rise to pounds 100bn between now and 2020.

Sir Andrew Green, the campaign group's chairman, said: "These are some of the consequences of one of the most reckless and unpopular policies of any government in generations and they are now coming home to roost.

"The public are waking up to the speed and scale at which fundamental changes are being forced upon them, thanks to the policies of the previous administration, and our schools are but just one example.

"It will be replicated in many areas of our national life such as health, housing, natural resources and infrastructure and the costs will continue to increase for many years to come - all against a background of severe financial stringency." The total costs of educating children of immigrants in state schools would be around pounds 195bn over a 25-year period, he added.

The figures include all migrants of school age entering the UK and children born in the UK whose parents were both born abroad. Half of children born in the UK to one immigrant parent are included.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 14, 2010
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