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Revamped education for immigrants

Published onsdag 9 mars 2011 kl 18.20
Nyamko Sabuni. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/Scanpix

The Swedish education for immigrants, SFI, could be limited to two years, according to proposals in a study ordered by the government.

Deputy Minister for Education, Nyamko Sabuni tells Swedish Radio News that it has been a mistake to see SFI as something where you expect "everybody to learn perfect Swedish". She says that was never the intention.

At the moment it is possible to study at SFI during several years, and it is possible to take a break, for example if you get a job or go on parental leave. But in the future, a two year limit, including any breaks, should be the norm, according to the new proposal. People who learn slower, for example because they are illiterate, should after that be moved into courses run at adult education centres and by the state employment service.

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