Posted on January 3, 2023

Sweden: Immigrant Kids Outnumber Swedes in Major City

Jack Hadfield, Valiant News, December 29, 2022

Two thirds of children in the Swedish city of Malmö are from immigrant backgrounds, with researchers suggesting that Swedish should not be used in schools to aid in their education.

According to a new report from the city, as part of their integration “Growth Commission,” over two-thirds of children aged between 5 and 19 are from an immigrant background, either being born abroad, or born domestically with at least one parent from another country. Almost half of all residents (48%) are younger than 35.


The new report, prepared by Erica Righard, an associate professor at the Department of Social Work and a research fellow at Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, notes that Swedish is now, as a result, a minority language in schools.

As noted by daily newspaper Sydsvenskan, students would likely do better in school if they were taught in the language they know. Currently, students with an immigrant background struggle with the advanced Swedish vocabulary needed to attain higher grades.