Lina Bårdskär Barba, head of SFI at Sundsgymnasium in Vellinge.
Lina Bårdskär Barba, head of SFI at Sundsgymnasium in Vellinge. Credit: Richard Orange / Sveriges Radio

Vellinge integration duty slammed by frontline staff

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A municipality in southern Sweden has voted to impose a “duty to integrate” on immigrants, but the move faces opposition from those who teach newcomers to Sweden.

The municipality of Vellinge, led by the opposition Moderate party, hopes that the threat of being stripped of benefits will create an additional incentive for immigrants to complete their Swedish studies and attend a course orienting them to life in Sweden.

But Lina Bårdskär Barba, who teaches Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) at Sundsgymnasiet in the municipality, predicts that the measure will make it harder, not easier, for her most disadvantaged students to integrate.

"It will just make it worse for those who are not doing well in the first place," she says.

 

 

 

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