ABSTRACT

As a consequence of international migration flows and unprecedented economic prosperity during the 1990s, particularly during the first decade of 2000, Cyprus has transformed from a source country of migration to a destination country (albeit this will undoubtedly change soon following the abrupt collapse of the banking sector in early 2013 which slammed the country’s economy into recession and skyrocketed its unemployment rates). As a consequence of the migration flows in the recent past, Cyprus has seen a change in the demographics of its student population. An increasing number of students from different ethnic backgrounds and countries are enrolled in primary and secondary Cypriot schools.1 The percentage of migrant students who are registered in primary and secondary public schools has increased, from five per cent in the academic year of 2006 to almost 15 per cent of the total school population in 2011.