Housing for refugees in Vingåker, Photo: Petra Levinson/Sveriges Radio

Refugees blocked from Swedish courses by bureaucratic snarl

Refugees in Sweden who want to learn Swedish and get a job are being told that they first must get a place to live. Something that is hard to do without a job.

Swedish Radio News reports that this problem may be due to crossed wires. It is now the responsibility of the Public Employment Service to find refugees a place to live, but language courses are still run by the municipalities. And they will not help anyone without a permanent address.

Most of the refugees without jobs are living in facilities maintained by the Migration Board, So they do not qualify.

The situation is so serious that the Public Employment Service is considering holding its own courses in SFI (Swedish for Immigrants), which would seem to make the municipal courses redundant.

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