22 February, 2016

Sex education for unaccompanied refugees

The events in Cologne in Germany on New Years Eve and the festival “We are Stockholm” has sparked an discussion about sex education for unaccompanied refugees. Now, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, RFSU wants to provide sex education to unaccompanied refugees coming to Sweden.

RFSU argues that the majority of unaccompanied refugee boys, who come to Sweden, come from societies with norms concerning gender and sexuality that in many ways differ from the Swedish mainstream.

– There is a urgent need for knowledge about everything from sexually transmitted diseases and condoms, to abortion rights, equality and LGBT rights, says Kristina Ljungros and Maria Andersson, from RFSU in a debate article in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Sex education has been part of the Swedish school education since 1955 and covers most matters concerning sexuality, equality and relationships. The sex education in schools also informs about the rights and obligations that apply in Sweden – such as the abortion right.

However, this suggestion from the RFSU has also stumbled upon critic. Omid Mahmoudi from Ensamkommandes förbund welcomes more information about rights and obligations but argues against obligatory sex educations.

– Sex education is not required. It is completely wrong to lump all unaccompanied together. They come from different countries and different cultures. Some are highly educated while others have grown up on the street and have never been to school.

What is your opinion?

Should sex education be obligatory for all unaccompanied boys and girls who come to Sweden?

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2 Comments on “Sex education for unaccompanied refugees

Bruce Louis Dodson
25 February, 2016 at 11:41

It’s hard to imagine why anyone would be against this sort of education, or then again – maybe not.

Sheila C
17 April, 2016 at 11:54

Everyone, regardless of gender, culture, ethnicity, nationality or religion should be urged to have this education and join this conversation. Let all of us get on the same page here in Sweden.


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