Middle-Eastern, N African Drivers 270% More Accident-Prone, Swedish Study Finds

The Swedish traffic institute has identified migrants’ over-representation in traffic accidents, compared with the general population, and has singled out differences in background and psychology as the underlying reasons.

To counter immigrants’ over-representation in traffic accidents, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) will launch a study to propose ways of improving the situation. The cost of the project is SEK 3.5 million ($400,000), the news portal Samhällsnytt reported.

According to VTI’s press release, the goal of the project, led by Nils Petter Gregersen and Mohammad-Reza Yahya, is to increase the knowledge of immigrants’ traffic problems by analysing their mobility, safety and equality in the transport system. The study is expected to address concerns including immigrants’ inability to read bus timetables, their travelling habits, and driver training in their home countries.