Asian students on the rise in BC schools


04 Nov

According to the latest 2018 Adolescent Health Survey, British Columbia students in grades 7-12 have become more diverse with an increase in recent immigrants, international students, and those speaking a language other than English at home. As the regional results from the survey by the McCreary Centre Society, conducted in 58 out of BC's 60 school districts, are being rolled out, the data shows over the past decade, the percentage of youth who identified as South Asian, Southeast Asian, South/Central American, West Asian and African increased. The rate of Canadian-born students decreased over the past ten years from 82% in 2008 to 79% in 2018. In 2018, 12% of those born outside of Canada were permanent residents or Canadian citizens, 6% were international students (an increase from 4% in 2013), and 1% were refugees.

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