Greater diversity in Flemish schools

There has been a big increase in the number of children from non-Dutch-speaking families attending Dutch-medium schools in the Flemish Brabant municipalities that encircle Brussels. In the 2014-2015 school year 42.2% of children attending Dutch-medium nursery and primary schools in the area spoke another language at home.
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This is up from 28.7% in the 2008-2009 school year. The figures come in an answer from the Flemish Education Minister Hilde Crevits (Christian democrat) to a parliamentary question posed by the Flemish nationalist Flemish MP Koen Daniëls.

Meanwhile the percentage of pupils in nursery and primary schools that speak a different language at home has also increased in Flanders as a whole. In the 2008 – 2009 school year 11.8% of pupils spoke another language than Dutch at home with their families. By the 2014-2015 school year this had increased to 16.8%.

There increase was less sharp at the Dutch-medium schools in the Brussels-Capital Region, where a large percentage of pupils were already from non-Dutch-speaking backgrounds. In the 2008-2009 school year 68.4% of pupils in Dutch-medium nursery and primary schools in the capital came from non-Dutch-speaking families. This had increased to 70.9% in the 2014-2015 school year.