Sweden’s Minorities Lack Protection

The Ombudsman against ethnic discrimination reports on Thursday that Sweden’s national minorities still face discrimination within education.

Sweden’s national minorities have the right to receive education in their own language but a shortage of skilled teachers is one of the problems that stands in the way.

Bullying and a lack of support for their culture also plague children from the minorities and can cause them to drop out of school.

The national minorities comprise the Sami, Roma, Jewish, Finnish, Tornedaling and Finland Swedish peoples.

The ombudsman warns that their languages are under threat of disappearing unless the government takes action.