Category Archives: Education

An Intercultural Education: who is learning to live with diversity?

Written by Thomas Huddleston, MIPEX Research Coordinator, Co-author and Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group

May 21 was The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue which emerged from a UN General Assembly resolution almost 10 years ago. A grassroots initiative is calling upon people to “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion,” leading up to this Saturday. As my one thing, I decided to dig into one MIPEX finding on ‘Intercultural Education’—a new dimension within a new strand in the study. Continue reading

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Sweden would get higher grades for enrolling pupils without papers, just like half its MIPEX peers

Written by Thomas Huddleston, MIPEX Research Coordinator, Co-author and Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group

‘Historic’ agreement improves access and integration conditions in schools

Already at the head of the class on the MIPEX education strand, Sweden would excel further if the Swedish centre-right government and Green Party successfully open schools to all children living in the country. On 3 March, government announced a ‘historic’ cross-party agreement. According to TheLocal.se, the deal is intended to diminish the power of the anti-immigrant Swedish Democrats and make a clear choice about the future direction of Swedish policy; “We’re going to continue on the road toward humanity and order, this is a choice which closes the door on xenophobic forces,” stated Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Indeed, days earlier, Prime Minister Reinfeldt reflected that “Sweden has a long way to go” when he responded to the widely-reported fact that Sweden again topped the MIPEX ranking. Continue reading

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