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Performance bonuses in immigrant learning training

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
An immigrant holding a Residence permit from no later than 1 july 2010 may apply for a financial bonus after having completed different levels of immigrant Learning training (SFI - Swedish for immigrants): / Course B - ~670 ?, Course C - ~900 ?, Course D ~1300 ?.
Target group
Policy Field
  • education
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Started with a pilot project in 5 municipalities in 2009, intorduced nationally in 2010, is to be shut down 1 july 2014.
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: temporary
  • Budgets: allocated fro the year 2014: 11 million ?, of which only ~6,5 million ? will be used.
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: SFI student in 2011: ~100 000. SFI bonuses payed in 2011: 484
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Economic Incentives for language proficiency training to lear Swedish as quickly as possible and thereby gain employment as possible and thereby speeding up the integration process
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
not intended as short term, but discontinued after merely Three years running.
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • liberalisation
Type of innovation
  • new form of policy implementation/delivery
New outputs
  • benefit eligibility
  • lifelong learning (language proficiency training)
Intended target group
newly arrived immigrants lacking Swedish laanguage skills and a completed SFI training.
Working age population
  • educational level (low/medium/high) (having completed basic education, but lacking completed language proficiency training in swedish (SFI))
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
Clarification of the role of various actors
New or reformed policies of this type requiring changes in legislation always go out on referral before being decided upon and implemented. Such referral instances usually include municipalities, social partners, evaluative public authorities and relevant interest organizations
Intended output
  • benefit eligibility
  • lifelong learning
Intended and unintended outcomes
signinifacntly smaller, almost none
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