Schools 'overflowing' because of immigrant babies? The headline says so. So it must be true. There's obviously no other reason for what it says are 'overcrowded classrooms'.
Except...if you read into the article, there are other reasons. Such as a:
recession-fuelled exodus from private schools.
increasing fertility rates, possibly linked to maternity leave and tax credit policies.
A sluggish housing market has compounded the crisis because parents are effectively trapped in areas with school place shortages.
Not to mention:
more than 1,000 primary schools have closed since 1999
The article doesn't actually give any statistical evidence to say how each of these factors has influenced primary school admissions.
Why bother, when you can just lazily blame it all on the immigrants?
It does say:
Applications for primary schools places have soared 23 per cent since 2008 in some areas
Yet the little table they produce shows only one area with a 22.8% increase since 2008 and all other areas significantly less (including one 7.8% decrease):
Indeed, the article states:
Our survey of local authorities suggests that more than half are seeing a rise in the number of applicants for primary schools this year.
It doesn't say how many 'more than half' it is - which suggests it may not be that many more. And that implies there are significant regional variations.
But why focus on those variations, or schools that have shut, or fewer children going private, or a sluggish housing market or increased fertility rates in the whole population, when you can just point an accusing finger at immigrants instead?