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Swedish immigrants accounted as increasingly well-educated despite persistent repudiation for the job market

Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Education among people with immigrant background in Sweden continued to increase. It applies to immigrants from all parts of the world - apart from the EU countries, according to new data from statistic Sweden SCB.

Statistics Sweden, SCB, has mapped the level of education among people in Sweden and finds that almost as many foreign as those born in Sweden have post-secondary education, 38 percent and 39 percent respectively.

The level of education among immigrants is also increasing steadily, the later they come to Sweden. Of those who arrived after 2002, 44 percent had post-secondary education, compared with 38 percent for those who came in during the period 2002 – 2001  and 31 percent of those who came before 1991.

The greatest increase of education attainment are for those born in America but also notably, those born in Africa, Asia, North America and Oceania show increases for each of the three time periods for immigration (before 1991, 1992-2001 and after 2002).

The proportion of highly educated immigrants decreases slightly between the last two periods in terms of arrivals from European countries and Scandinavia.

SCB notes that differences in educational attainment are substantial differences between different countries, ages and reasons for immigration.

A higher percentage of women have higher education, both among Swedish born and foreign born persons. Foreign born women have only primary and lower secondary education to a somewhat greater extent than foreign born men. The opposite applies to Swedish born persons, where it is more common that men only have primary and lower secondary education, 15 and 10 percent respectively.

The differences are considerable among the countries of origin and immigrant groups, largely because of the age structure and grounds for immigration.
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