Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Many immigrant children in Denmark have language problems


Many children with foreign backgrounds stumble during their first days at school, the Danish National Institute of Social Research reported on Tuesday.

More than one out of four children with refugee or immigrant backgrounds speaks little or no Danish when they start school. Just as many feel bad at school and have problems communicating with their classmates and teachers.

'It's a large minority that can't be ignored,' said institute researcher Else Christensen to daily newspaper metroXpress.

She emphasised that a similar-sized group of ethnic Danish children felt bad at school too, but that the immigrant children's language problems were an additional hindrance in their way to a successful education.

'Some of them catch up in Danish, but others find it difficult ever to get a reasonable education,' Christensen said.

Recent international studies have revealed that half of all children of immigrants finish schooling at age 15 with insufficient academic skills to continue their education.

And this isn't just a problem in Denmark:

One Teacher's Classroom Conclusion: Immigrants Just Don’t Want To Assimilate


At 4:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this context, "immigrant" means mostly muslim. And with them, in some cases, this goes on generation after generation. It works like this: disenchanted by more westernized (often only slightly) muslim women around them, they go back to their home country to marry, often an arranged marriage. Naturally they then bring her to the west. The couple have kids, the wife stays home and rears them. She speaks only her native language, naturally so do the kids. Hence the problems when they enter school, and later in life too of course.

Most people in Europe know this goes on a large scale, especially legislators and government bureaucrats, who presumably are supposed to be working in the best interest of their country and its taxpayers.

It's crazy.


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