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Increase in the number of children and young people who are left abroad against their will

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Imdi director Libe Rieber-Mohn sees a worrying trend in the number of cases of children being left abroad against their will. Photo: Emilie Holtet / NTB

Of NTB | 06/09/2024 14:33:04

Education: – This is disturbing. Young people see that someone is being left abroad against their will. It can create fear, especially if they themselves experience threats of being sent away if they do not live the way their parents want, says Director of the Integration and Diversity Directorate (Imdi), Libe Rieber-Mohn, to Aftenposten.

Figures for 2023 from IMDI’s diversity advisors at schools in Norway, in addition to special envoys at four embassies, show that there has been a significant increase in cases since 2015 where children and young people with a minority background are, or fear being, left abroad against their will.

The national competence team against negative social control and honour-related violence has also seen such an increase. In one year, they have had a doubling in cases of involuntary stay abroad, writes the newspaper.

There will be a total of 2,281 cases, with the majority of those affected being girls and young women. Young people with a family background from Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq are particularly vulnerable. At the same time, Rieber-Mohn believes there are large dark figures.

– Guilt, shame, pressure, violence or the danger of being ostracized from the extended family can be reasons why people do not dare to ask for help or to tell what is happening, she says.

She also states that six new diversity advisers will be employed in Norwegian schools, who will follow up students at upper secondary schools, secondary schools and adult education who are exposed to social pressure, marriage pressure and violence.

(© NTB)

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