12% of children in Malta are foreigners – NSO

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

12% of children in Malta at the end of 2018 were foreigners, the National Statistics Office revealed.

The NSO issued a statement on the occasion of World Children’s Day being marked on Wednesday.

The resident population stood at 493,559, out of which 80,196 were aged up to 17 years old. 12% of whom were foreigners.

When compared to data compiled for 2000, this segment of the population decreased by 14,442.

80% of parents with children aged up to 17 were employed, a statistics from the Labour Force Survey showed in 2018. The data showed that 96% of fathers and 65% of mothers were in employment.

During academic year 2017/2018, the number of students aged up to 17 enrolled in pre-primary, primary, secondary and post-secondary education was 63,182. 89% were Maltese while 6,604 or 10% were foreigners. 964 students hailed from Italy, followed by the UK (842) and Libya (591).