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School for EU beggar children unclear

Published onsdag 26 november 2014 kl 17.14
Photo: skandik2012/Flickr
Photo: skandik2012/Flickr

The National Agency for Education says there are ambiguities in Swedish law covering which children of EU citizens are allowed to go to school here. There’s a risk, the agency says, that children in Sweden for a short period are denied access to education.

Many of these are the children of beggars, who are allowed to stay in other EU countries for up to three months. After a number of local municipalities have turned to the education agency with questions about their legal obligations for such children, the agency has called on the government to carry out a review.

On Wednesday representatives from the agency, the school inspectorate and the social authorities met with the Children’s Ombudsman to discuss the situation.

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