Denmark Debates Mandatory Sex Education for Refugees


Denmark is considering mandatory sex education classes for refugees accepted into the country in a bid to reduce rape rates and to teach asylum seekers what constitutes sexual consent. Europe is currently facing the worst migrant crisis since World War II with over 6,000 migrants arriving in Europe every day.

Following a rape incident where three Eritrean men were arrested for rape, politicians in the country are urging refugee sex education. Most members of Denmark’s parliament are in favor of a sex education course that will be part of the mandatory language learning for anyone arriving in the country. The Social Democrats, the Social Liberals and the Conservatives all support the introduction of sex education classes.

The idea for sex education courses gained momentum when three Eritrea asylum seekers were arrested following allegations of raping a 25-year-old Eritrean woman in the city of Hjørring. According to the New York Post, Denmark wants to follow Norway’s successful example. The country introduced a five-hour sex education course that teaches asylum seekers about sexual consent. The course was introduced in 2011 after several sexual crimes were committed near an asylum center.

Linda Hagen, who managed over 30 asylum centers in Norway, says that teaching men from Eastern countries about Western sexual morality and norms is essential in preventing sexual assaults and crimes:

“It’s difficult if you come from a country where women never go out,” she said. “When you see a girl with a short skirt dancing at a party late in the evening, what kind of message will it give you?”

“It’s important to tell them that this kind of behavior or clothing doesn’t mean that it’s allowed for you to go the whole way. If a girl says ‘no’, it’s a ‘no,” Hagen said according to The Local.

Now the Danish want to emulate Norway in an effort to prevent sexual assaults. Peter Skaarup, Danish People’s Party spokesman, said:

“If they’ve done something in Norway that works, we should just copy it,” according to MetroExpress.

In Denmark, more than one in three people who were sentenced for rape between 2013 and 2014 were immigrants or descendants of one. It is estimated that more than 710,000 migrants arrived in Europe from war-ridden countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, making this the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Hungary received the highest number of asylum claims, with 665 refugees per 100,000 Hungarians claiming asylum within the first half of 2015. The majority of asylum seekers are fleeing Syria, with Kosovo and Afghanistan being the second and third top refugee countries of origin, the BBC reports.

Germany is the most popular destination for migrants coming into European territory, and more than 220,000 asylum applications were filed up to August 2015. According to the Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 3,138 people have drowned in the Mediterranean sea in 2015 in their efforts to arrive in Europe.