The effects of targeted interventions to support refugee pupils

In 2015, Sweden accommodated an unprecedented number of refugees and more refugee children than ever before were received in Swedish schools. In 2016, the Swedish National Agency for Education was assigned the task to provide targeted support to school heads (municipalities and independent schools/school corporations) which previously had little experience of integrating refugees into the school system and which experienced a particularly large inflow in 2015. The interventions are varied and designed to meet the specific needs of the school heads, with the purpose of increasing the quality of education for newly arrived pupils. The programme is implemented by sequentially phasing in municipalities into the intervention through randomisation.

The purpose of the project is to prepare and implement the evaluation of these targeted interventions. The evaluation will focus on the effects of the programme on the school outcomes of newly arrived pupils as well as incumbent pupils.