5,000 empty school places show how many immigrants have gone home from the Canaries

5,000 empty school places show how many immigrants have gone home from the Canaries

The effect of the crisis on immigrants to the Canaries has become very apparent in the figures released by the Department of Education for the next academic year’s school intake. Five thousand fewer pupils are expected to pass through the Canaries’ classrooms in 2009/2010 than in 2008/2009, due in the largest part to families returning to South America, the Spanish mainland, and other parts of Europe. The areas where the drop is most noticeable, according to Deputy Head of Education, Gonzalo Marrero, are South Tenerife, Arrecife in Lanzarote, and Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura. Sr Marrero said that the main reason is that young families have not found the Canaries to be the idyllic destination they imagined.  Diario de Avisos

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