Student counting on the black board.
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The acute situation in the schools, following the reconrd number of refugees in 2015, is over. Credit: Kallestad, Gorm/NTB scanpix
Anna Österlund
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ANna Österlund Credit: Malin Magnusson/Sveriges Radio.

Schools "managed well" with the high number of new students

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The record number of asylum seekers that came to Sweden in 2015, put high demands on the schools. But according to the National Agency for Education, the municipalities that received most of the new pupils have managed to deal with the situation well.

"People rolled up their sleeves and got things done. The situation was strained, absolutely, but not chaotic. People took the matter seriously and worked hard to solve it in the best way possible," said Anna Österlund, head of her department at the education agency.

At the start of 2016, the education agency began a special cooperative effort to support the municipalities that had received a particularly high number of new students. Now, this effort is coming to a close, as the acute situation is over.

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