Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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240,000 Young People in Sweden with Migrant Backgrounds Live Under Oppressive ‘Honour’ Culture

by CHRIS TOMLINSON30 May 2017
A new report has revealed a large number of young people with foreign backgrounds in Sweden are subject to “honour culture” with many being forced into arranged marriages and are at risk of honour killings.

A total of 240,000 people under 25 years old in Sweden are said to be living under the shadow of a culture that tells them who they can converse with, who they must marry, and how they must behave with sometimes fatal consequences for those who disobey, Afton Bladet reports.

Astrid Schlytter, associate professor at Stockholm University and an expert on the subject, said: “Our assumption is that every third student, girls and boys, who themselves were born abroad or has both parents born abroad live in honour family norms.”

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Sometimes children living under those conditions speak out and are taken into custody by the Swedish government, but many refuse and stay silent. One 16-year-old told authorities her parents routinely abused her with insults to the point of thoughts of suicide. She said her older sister had been married off against her will, though it was never spoken of in public.
A 14-year-old girl said her parents threatened to kill her if she had sex with a man before marriage. She also said her sister had been violently abused until she accepted the authority of her parents and started wearing an Islamic veil.