Denmark: One in three immigrant boys failing basic graduation exams

Immigrants in Copenhagen. Source: Strict Immigration Laws ‘Save Denmark Billions’ (2011)

A third of immigrant boys are failing the basic 9th grade exit exam, according to analysis by workers’ group Arbejdernes Erhvervsråd (AE).

“Something is clearly wrong if only two out of three immigrant boys are passing this exam,” AE’s chief analyst Mie Dalskov Pihl told DR Nyheder.

Pihl said that the kids’ performance was affected by a combination of their cultural and social backgrounds.

“They often have poorly-educated parents or parents who are out of work along with some cultural barriers,” said Pihl. “If you arrive in the country with a language other than Danish, it can be difficult to pass Danish and mathematics in the 9th grade.”

Jacob Nielsen Arendt, an analyst at national research institute Kora, told DR Nyheder that the failure rate is bad for society as a whole.

“When you fail public school it becomes harder to receive further education and, ultimately, a job.”

“This is not only bad for the young people who do not reach their full potential, but for society as a whole”…


I bet most of the immigrants are either from Muslim countries or sub-Saharan Africa.

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