Sweden: Efforts to Educate Migrants Stall as Just Three Per Cent Want to Try Learning

Sweden: Efforts to Educate Migrants Stall as Just Three Per Cent Want to Try Learning, by Chris Tomlinson.

The Swedish government has found that only between three and four percent of newly arrived migrants with a poor standard of education have any interest in attending further schooling or training. …

Professor Olof Åslund of the Institute for Labor Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU) says that many of the migrants simply don’t understand that schooling is required for getting a good job. “They do not understand that the chances of getting a job increase by just this kind of training,” he said.

Åslund said other asylum seekers believe they will be given menial jobs regardless of whether or not they attend the classes and so do not bother with them. …

Recent migrants to Sweden are largely unemployed and constitute a large section of the total number of people out of work. By 2018 Swedish authorities believe that 60 percent of all the migrants in Sweden will be unemployed. The report, by the Swedish Public Employment Service, also noted that the migrant unemployment rate was three times that of native Swedes.

In June of 2016, Sweden’s state-owned broadcaster SVT revealed that only 494 migrants of the 163,000 who had recently arrived had found meaningful work.