Friday, February 03, 2006

Neither nor

Ethnic minorities [in Denmark] are disproportionately likely to be unemployed or in low paid jobs, but the most worrying trend to Manu Saleem, a Copenhagen councillor [who is a Dane of Indian background and a non-Muslim] is that of those who leave school at 16 without basic reading and writing skills, 56% are from ethnic minority backgrounds. One of the most expensive education systems in the world is failing them. For a small country which prides itself on a highly educated, skilled workforce, the chances of these young people getting jobs are small.
-- 'I was convinced we had found a solution to living together - but not now' - Madeliene Bunting, 3 Feb

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