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The Human Rights Service has provided figures showing that second-generation immigrants obtain spouses in their home country to a much greater extent than first-generation immigrants. Where 64 percent of men and 50 percent of first-generation women have a spouse from their home country, the figure for the second generation is as much as 75 percent, figures from HRS show.

This means, according to the same organization, that the development in the marriage pattern is going in the completely wrong direction. Combined with the fact that 80.000 children and young people from countries with arranged marriages are registered in Norway, we are today facing "a dramatic increase in foster marriages, of which many forced marriages," writes HRS in its latest report.

There is much to be said for these claims from a group that is trying to position itself as an indispensable premise provider in the immigration debate. One thing is that Statistics Norway and others believe that they have found significant interpretative errors and omissions in the report. As of today, no one knows how the pattern of marriage among second-generation immigrants will develop, simply because so few of them have married yet. In other words, the numbers are too thin.

In today's newspaper, Athat Akram, editor of the magazine Young Muslim, also points out that HRS mixes concepts such as country of origin and abroad, that they quote too high figures in a Danish report on marriage, and that the statistics. . .

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