The number of youngsters going to school in Spain has dropped by 51 thousand in this current academic year, due to the falling birth rate, according to figures from the education ministry in Madrid.

The biggest impact has been in the three to six-year-old group, with statistics showing a reduction of nearly four percent. Experts say the birth-rate fall is the main factor, but also point to the number of non-Spanish families leaving the country due dwindling job opportunities.

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