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Inside Sweden

Published fredag 5 oktober 2007 kl 10.20
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Scores of asylum seekers arrive in Sweden's Sturup airport
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Budget cuts or Sweden’s burgeoning economy, why is adult education here being scaled back? And should tax payers fund students who want a second chance to improve their grades at all?

And another chance to hear our mini-series which put a face to Sweden’s new citizens. Tens of thousands of asylum seekers arrive in Sweden every year, but how welcome are new arrivals to Swedish society?

We also bring you the latest news and weather.

Closing music: Kent, ”Ingenting”

Sweden’s extensive system of adult education has been in the news this week, with criticism over government funding cuts.

The system makes it possible for those who failed to finish high school to pick up the courses they need to get into a university, and allows adults to study for extra qualifications later in life.

More controversially, it also gives students a second chance to improve their grades if they didn’t do as well as they might have the first time around.

A row has broken out over whether immigrants who have obtained permission to stay in Sweden, should be free to chose where they live – if they receive state benefit for their living costs.

Today, Sweden’s main opposition party, the Social Democrats, presents its alternative budget – in response to the government’s budget which was unveiled a fortnight ago.

In their budget the Social Democrats are pushing for restrictions on immigrants’ choice of where they opt to live in Sweden.

Gaby Katz investigates how welcome immigrants to Sweden really are, and seeks to uncover just what it is about Scandinavian nation that attracts so many.

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