Monday, 15 October 2007

Non-Religious Schools Good For Integration

Sweden is considered the best country in the EU when it comes to integrating foreigners, on paper at least.

As I wrote in an earlier blogg, the decision to limit religious teaching in school is a good move towards aiding integration as it stops isolated communities from setting up their own religious schools, where young immigrant children will be at risk of becoming even more culturally isolated.

"How can you integrate foreigners from other faiths if they are allowed to be taught in religious schools only surrounded by others of that faith learning that their religious teaching is right and others are wrong? Only by having multicultural schools, where faith is not an issue, can you forge integration. The first generations of immigrants are always the hardest to integrate and need the most help. By the second and third generation though they can't help but become more influenced by the larger society around them."

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