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Sweden And The U.K. Both Educate Refugee Kids. Only One Is Getting It Right

Young migrants can’t start a new life if they can’t access the support of schools

In the U.K., the world’s fifth-richest economy, vulnerable children are being denied education. Asylum seekers and refugee children are struggling to access education and are unable to attend school or college, which contravenes rights to equal educational access in accordance with international human rights law.

I’m currently working on research projects about child refugees, one of which compares experiences of children in the U.K. with those arriving in Sweden—and I am concerned that the U.K. education system is not currently fit for the purpose or able to provide adequate schooling for every child.

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