Minister of Integration, Nyamko Sabuni

Swedish Society Classes for Immigrants

From the first of December the Swedish local councils will have to offer new immigrants a 60 hour course about the Swedish society.

According to a study ordered by the Minister of Integration, which was published on Thursday, the three areas covered will be "values", "the welfare state" and "everyday life" in Sweden.

Those who finnish the course will receive a certificate, while those who do not risk loosing the specific benefit that the government wants to introduce for newly arrived immigrants.

The study recommends that the courses are offered at the universities, since it requires highly qualified teachers. The study also suggests that the course does not have to be in Swedish, but could be offered in the language of those newly arrived.

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