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In an attempt to limit sexual assaults, Muslim ‘refugees’ are being given classes on ‘Western sexual norms’ in Norway

The classes aim to use role-playing scenarios to address cultural differences regarding women


Norway is offering non-European asylum seekers classes in Western sexual norms, in a bid to prevent violence against women.

The question of integration has become more urgent throughout northern Europe after New Year’s Eve, where more than 100 women were reportedly sexually assaulted or robbed in Cologne, Germany. Federal authorities have identified 18 asylum seekers within the 31 suspects linked to the attacks.

With more than a million asylum seekers arriving in Europe this year, a growing number of European politicians have leaned towards offering coaching in social mores. Many were previously reluctant to suggest that men from more conservative societies would misinterpret women’s behaviour, for fear of stigmatising migrants as potential rapists and playing into the hands of anti-immigrant politicians.

Norway, who first introduced the controversial classes, has now seen its model followed in countries across Europe.

In October, Denmark’s parliament debated efforts to teach national attitudes to sex and consent as part of compulsory language courses after three asylum seekers from Eritrea were arrested for allegedly raping a 25-year-old Eritrean woman in Hjørring  in October.

On Friday, Belgium announced that courses on ‘respect for women’ for non-European migrants and refugees would become obligatory in the coming weeks.

Linda Hagen of Hero, the company that runs 40 per cent of Norway’s reception centres for refugees, said the emphasis of the classes had been placed on group


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