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Refugees finding work, missing Danish lessons: language schools
Levels of absence from Danish language lessons have increased amongst refugees and people granted family reunification status in Denmark.
In 2014, the absence rate from the language lessons was 24.8 percent nationwide. The most recent figures from the Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Interior show that in 2017, that figure had increased to 36.4 percent, DR P4 København reports.
One municipality with a particularly low attendance record is Lejre, with 44.6 percent of lessons missed, over eight percent higher than the national average.
Lejre Municipality has been successful in bringing refugees on to the labour market, resulting in many taking language lessons in the evenings, Carsten Madsen, director of NSI, the language and immigration centre in the town, told DR.
“That has an impact on how many people are present at lessons,” Madsen said.
Carsten Rasmussen, who is mayor in the central Zealand town, agreed with Madsen’s comments.
“It is naturally challenging for refugees to both fulfil full-time employment and then come home again before going out to language lessons in the evening,” Rasmussen told Ritzau.