Trend in pupils from a minority ethnic community in Glasgow
ME perc 2019 Glasgow

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The proportion of pupils from a minority ethnic community1 has increased steadily in Glasgow since 2012. In 2019, there were 16,600 pupils from a minority ethnic community: a rise of 5,500, or 50%, from 2012.

A range of other statistics reflect the increasing diversity of Glasgow’s school population. In 2019 nearly a quarter (24%) of pupils come from a home where the main language is neither English nor Gaelic and 129 different languages are spoken by Glasgow’s school pupils. During the same period, 2% of pupils were from asylum seeker families and 2.4% of pupils were refugees – totalling over 3,000 pupils. 


Under the school census definition, the minority ethnic groups includes all known categories other than White-Scottish, White - Other British, White - Other, White - Gypsy/Traveller, White - Irish, and White - Polish.

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