Newly-arrived migrants in Swedish schools

Professor Monica Axelsson from Stockholm University held a Prestige Lecture at the University of Canterbury on 9 February 2017.;

Abstract

The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria have forced a high number of people to leave their countries and seek refuge elsewhere. Sweden, in the north of Europe, has recently received a large number of refugees. The reception of new arrivals has greatly affected society as a whole and schools in particular. Professor Axelsson presents findings from a recent three-year research project investigating how municipalities and schools in Sweden have organised instruction to meet the needs of the newly arrived. The two main reception models used for newly arrived students are introductory classes or immediate mainstreaming. These models have been examined with respect to the resources provided for students’ everyday and academic language and literacy development and social inclusion.

Professor Axelsson visited the School of Teacher Education and the LATL-lab in 2017 as Visiting Canterbury Fellow.