A major migration crisis has been ongoing in European countries in the course of the last few years, with many of them struggling to cope with the growing influx of migrants.
The number of cases of human trafficking in Sweden has reached a record high after increasing 30 percent in 2017; at the same time, an unparalleled number of legal applicants received citizenship rights in the Nordic country.
As Swedish society is becoming increasingly diverse, public interest in the Arabic language is growing in "reverse assimilation." At Folkuniversitetet University alone, the number of available courses in Arabic has grown nine-fold, effectively overcoming English and French.
Due to high demand among Muslim asylum-seekers wishing to convert to Christianity, "fast-track" baptism procedures have arisen in Finland. In the city of Oulu, a swimming pool has been repurposed for the traditional sacrament.
Norwegian Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug has landed in hot water for her African tour, which aims at limiting the refugee flow to Europe. Amnesty Norway warned the Norwegian government against entering agreements with Sudan's regime, whose president has been suspected of genocide.
Denmark has seen a dramatic surge in refugees converting to Christianity, which is being increasingly used as a motive for asylum and has provoked skeptical reactions from the authorities.
A Swedish church has included praise of immigration in its controversial Christmas sermon, which triggered strong criticism from fellow Swedes.
A preschool that is being converted to a refugee asylum has been burned down in Sweden. While arsons in refugee accommodations are not uncommon in the Nordic country, it is the third time the very same building has suffered fire in the recent times, baffling the police.
Within only a few hours of the disputed acquittal of five men charged with gang rape in the Fittja case, petitions and crowd-funding efforts in support of the victim were started in Sweden, resulting in over 100,000 signatures and a generous donation to protest what is perceived as an unjust trial.
Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson has sparked criticism in the Nordic nation that sees itself as a "humanitarian superpower" by stating that Stockholm has exhausted its resources by taking in more refugees after the dramatic 2015 influx and suggesting migrants should seek luck elsewhere in the EU.
Child marriage, a persistent problem that has come into the limelight with the unprecedented influx of refugees to Sweden, continues to pose problems for the Nordic country. In Mönsterås, a 13-year-old refugee girl became pregnant after the municipality reluctantly allowed her to live with her 20-year-old cousin who also happens to be her husband.
A Swedish court's decision to acquit five men of immigrant backgrounds accused of a gang rape in the Stockholm suburb Fittja for lack of alleged evidence has sparked an emotional outburst across the Nordic nation.
No legal reason for staying in Sweden? No problem, as plenty of "asylum dealers" offering false online histories, fabricated refugee stories and counseling on how to trick the authorities has been revealed operating in the Nordic country - with tacit endorsement from the authorities.
Amid ongoing budget negotiations in the Danish government, the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party has demanded further asylum curbs owing to a toughening of rules on family reunification.
A Swedish municipality has set forth a historic proposal called "integration duty," under which immigrants must meet certain obligations - or risk forfeiting some of the privileges and benefits they currently enjoy.
Amid negotiations on next year's finances, the Danish People's Party has proposed shipping rejected asylum seekers pending deportation to one of the Nordic nation's uninhabited islands. Oddly enough, Integration Minister Inger Støjberg was not at all dismissive.
The number of people seeking HIV care in Sweden has increased significantly in recent years. Mass-scale asylum immigration is seen as one of the reasons, as most new cases originate from abroad.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who is best known for his "open your hearts" rhetoric and ambitions to make Sweden a "humanitarian superpower" has argued that immigration is among the best things that happened to the Nordic country.
Sweden, recently voted the best country in the world for migrants, is setting out to justify this moniker, as the Nordic country is intending to shatter the "glass ceiling" for migrants in Swedish politics to boost their representation.
Amid rampant housing shortages, Sweden has decided to place newly-arrived migrants in a retirement home as part of a trial project. Although temporary, this measure has been hailed as promoting integration and is said to have received overwhelmingly positive reactions.
Amid a hot national debate, Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson has firmly ruled out the much-debated idea of publishing statistics on the nationality of sex offenders. He argued against "blaming it on immigrants," when perpetrators "in fact" were men.
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