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High education levels among Syrian refugees


Ben Kendall 2015-06-03

More than one third of Syrian refugees arriving in Sweden are highly educated, suggests a new report from public broadcaster SVT.

The broadcaster looked into the education levels of newly arrived immigrants during 2014 and found that more than one in three Syrians had college or university level educations.

Among those registered with the public employment agency Arbetsförmedlingen’s establishment project 37 per cent of Syrians had post upper secondary. Meanwhile, the figure for all job seekers registered with the agency is 27 per cent.

SVT reports that the wave of Syrian refugees coming to Sweden has given the nation its biggest influx of academics ever.

Both the Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and the Swedish Council for Higher Education – who work the recognition of international qualifications – have noted a record number of applications.

Last year 81,300 asylum seekers came to Sweden and of these around 30,000 were from Syria, according to the Swedish Migration Agency.


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