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The proportion of immigrants obtaining spouses from their country of origin is increasing, warns Human Rights Service. Wrong use of statistics, critics say.


It is not given how statistics concerning marriage patterns among the immigrant population are to be interpreted. Nor is there agreement on what these statistics mean for the development of the marriage patterns of immigrants – or for their integration into Norwegian society.

While the Human Rights Service, with the support of figures from Statistics Norway (SSB), warns against the proportion who pick up spouses in the country of origin increasing from 1st to 2nd generation immigrants, the organization is criticized by others – including Statistics Norway itself – for misinterpreting the figures.

The background to this disagreement is the report "Immigration through Marriage", published by the Human Rights Service (HRS) on 17 May this year.

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The report received a lot of media attention at the time. . .

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