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School for EU beggar children unclear

The National Agency for Education says there are ambiguities in Swedish law covering which children of EU citizens are allowed to go to school here. There’s a risk, the agency says, that children in Sweden for a short period are denied access to education.

Many of these are the children of beggars, who are allowed to stay in other EU countries for up to three months. After a number of local municipalities have turned to the education agency with questions about their legal obligations for such children, the agency has called on the government to carry out a review.

On Wednesday representatives from the agency, the school inspectorate and the social authorities met with the Children’s Ombudsman to discuss the situation.

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