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Arranged marriages prevent integration : A trap for Muslim women in Europe

Arranged marriages prevent integration : A trap for Muslim women in Europe

Country: 
Norway
News Date: 
27/06/2003
Sharia Watch
Summary: 

Western Europe is increasingly a house divided against itself. While non-Muslim Europeans live in democracies, most Muslims in the same countries inhabit theocratic enclaves where they are expected to tread a narrow path or suffer the consequences. 

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The book presents the results of a study of immigrant-group marriage patterns in Norway that is probably the most comprehensive statistical analysis of its kind in Europe. The study shows that members of most of Norway's non-Western immigrant groups are, in overwhelming numbers, not just marrying within their own ethnic groups but are marrying spouses — often their own cousins — from their countries of origin.

These marriages — invariably arranged, and often forced — have two chief motivations. One is to provide the foreign spouse with Norwegian residency rights under the "family reunification" provision of immigration law. The other is to resist integration by injecting into the European branch of the family a fresh dose of "traditional values" — among them a hostility to pluralism, tolerance, democracy and sexual equality.