Segregation in schools has increased in the last 10 years

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An increasing number of Sweden's children attend schools that are segregated, a Swedish Radio investigation shows.

Currently a quarter of Swedish children go to schools that are "clearly segregated", as regards family educational background, or immigrant background. This has risen from a fifth, over the last ten years.

There is currently a government-appointed committee looking into how to reduce segregation. Björn Åstrand is in charge and he says the radio investigation shows that pupils are being sorted into different schools, so that more and more children attend schools with pupils who are similar to them.

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Correction:
In an earlier version of the sound we said that "Schools that are over or under the local average in these issues by more than 20 percent are counted as "clearly segregated"". The correct translation is "Schools that are over or under the local average in these issues by more than 20 percentage points are counted as "clearly segregated"." The sound has now been corrected.