Katje Irle at Spiegel: Children of the Crisis: German Schools Struggle with Wave of Immigrants

The growing number of students from Southern and Eastern Europe in German primary and secondary schools is a trend visible across the country, and it’s leaving the education system scrambling to meet the students’ needs. Germany’s Federal Statistical Office does not count children or youths separately when it measures immigration, but the overall figures are clear enough: In the first six months of 2012, there was a sharp rise in immigration from euro crisis countries compared to the previous year — 53 percent more from Spain, 78 percent more from Greece. And alongside the highly skilled workers, academics and students are many working-class families with children, hoping to find jobs on the German labor market.