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Strength through diversity’s Spotlight Report for Sweden


  • Lucie Cerna


  • Hanna Andersson


  • Meredith Bannon

    (Pennsylvania State University)

  • Francesca Borgonovi



Within OECD countries, Sweden has historically welcomed large numbers of migrants, in particular migrants seeking humanitarian protection. Since 2015, this large influx of new arrivals with multiple disadvantages has put a well-developed integration system under great pressure and highlighted a number of challenges for education policy given current institutional frameworks. PISA 2015 shows that immigrant students fare considerably worse than native students in terms of academic and well-being outcomes also after accounting for differences in social-economic background. The OECD has identified four priority areas for Sweden for closing the gap between immigrant and native students: (1) Facilitating the access of immigrants to school choice, (2) Building teaching capacity, (3) Providing language training and (4) Strengthening the management of diversity. The findings in this Spotlight Report are based on existing OECD work in the area of immigrant integration in education, OECD and national data, a questionnaire on the range of policies and practices in Sweden and good practice examples for the integration in the education system in peer-learner countries and regions [Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and North America (Canada and the United States)], which were identified of particular relevance for Sweden. The report also includes policy pointers on what policies and practices Sweden could adopt to respond to the current integration challenges in the four priority areas.

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  • Lucie Cerna & Hanna Andersson & Meredith Bannon & Francesca Borgonovi, 2019. "Strength through diversity’s Spotlight Report for Sweden," OECD Education Working Papers 194, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:eduaab:194-en
    DOI: 10.1787/059ce467-en

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