In 2018, 16,300 people received a statement of recognition from the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), indicating what their foreign education corresponds to in the Swedish education system. The recognition statement makes it easier to begin employment or studies in Sweden and is issued for upper secondary education, post-secondary non-tertiary vocational training, and higher education.

Last year, 20,500 people applied for an assessment of their foreign education from UHR – a decrease of approximately 12 percent in comparison to 2017. The decline is largely due to fewer applications from people with an education from Syria. In comparison to 2017, the number of applications for an assessment of qualifications from Syria decreased by 40 percent – from just over 10,000 to just under 6,000.

 ”UHR’s work with qualifications assessment plays a central roll in taking advantage of the skills of those who come to Sweden from other countries. It’s positive that many who arrived from Syria in 2015 who needed to have their education recognised found their way to us,” said Karin Röding, Director-General for UHR.

For upper secondary education, post-secondary non-tertiary vocational training, and higher education, Syria is still at the top of the list regarding number of applications, followed by Iran and Iraq. In 2018, India was the fourth most common country to apply for an assessment of higher education qualifications.

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