Increasing numbers of refugee children a challenge for schools 

The increasing number of refugees in Sweden is putting a strain on the school system, according to a report by SVT. Almost a quarter of refugees in Sweden are children between 7 and 16 years of age, and last year nearly 22,000 children of school age arrived in Sweden. “The big problem lies in the recruitment of staff. We try to find people who can both speak the language and provide counselling and that is not easy to find. Especially when you are in a small town, far from the university cities”, said Emil Alm, vice principal at the Hillerstorp school to SVT.

Edgar Mannheimer is a journalist at Mundus News. Edgar has a passion for politics, foreign affairs and music. He grew up in Egypt, the US, Stockholm, and Jordan, following his mother’s job as a foreign correspondent. Bilingual with English as an academic language and Swedish as his mother tongue, he returned to Sweden to study at Lund University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies. During his time in Lund he was editor-in-chief of Radio UPF, the radio committee of the Association of Foreign Affairs, and also started a music program as a solo project. After Lund, he moved to Stockholm and recieved a Master’s degree in journalism from Stockholm University’s media institution, JMK.