Category Archives: Sweden

Can Sweden lead the debate back to equal treatment?

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

MIPEX shows that Scandinavia, like many regions in Europe, is undermining its slow and steady progress on integration policy. Many European mainstream parties are not keeping their commitment to equal treatment and equal opportunities, as far-right parties try to set the immigration agenda. Sweden needs strong dialogue bodies to build a national consensus on integration among local communities, social partners, civil society and immigrants themselves.  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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