The Liberal Party's Carina Johansson is a board member for the Östsam group of counties. she says the “most unlucky” combination is a child supported by a low-educated single parent who is on poverty wages or social benefits and lives in a rental apartment within a social housing project.
Students’ ethnic background was found to be irrelevant when social and economic factors are taken into account.
Analyst Fredrik Sunnergren says: ”We see in this study that immigrants do not do worse in school than Swedish-born pupils.”
The counties in the Östsam region are Sörmland, Västmanland, Örebro and Östergötland. Dropout rates vary from 10 to 37 percent among the counties’ local municipalities.