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More reports of honour violence against female asylum seekers

Published måndag 5 december 2016 kl 16.39
Expert: It's a big problem right now
(3:59 min)
Two unidentifiable women at the Migration Agency
Two unidentifiable women at the Swedish Migration Agency. Credit: Marcus Ericsson / TT.

Women and girls who have fled war and violence to come to Sweden as asylum seekers still face oppression and abuse from within their own communities, according to a national team tasked with helping victims of so-called honour crimes.

There is no hard data on the amount of these types of crimes but Mikael Thörn, who is an expert on the team, said there has been an increase in calls to their helpline this year.

He said the abuse and oppression was coming from “their own men or men from the same countries”.

“We are really concerned because it’s a big problem right now,” he said. “We need to be much better to find people who need help, to give them support and different kinds of help.”

That help includes shelter and better knowledge and competence among those who work with asylum seekers and the police and social services.

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