Im­ported brides from Thai­land

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Rah

The grow­ing trend among older Nor­we­gian men to marry and im­port Thai women has pushed for stricter laws re­lated to mar­riage with for­eign women.

The im­port of Thai brides has over the past years be­come a con­tro­ver­sial topic in the Nor­we­gian me­dia yet the num­bers con­tinue to rise. The In­ter­net has be­come the ul­ti­mate source for find­ing West­ern part­ners who can po­ten­tially change their lives for both them­selves and their fam­i­lies and rel­a­tives back in Thai­land. Like­wise, among many West­ern coun­tries, Nor­we­gian men have in the past decade used the same tool to find life long part­ners in Thai­land.

Cur­rently re­search shows that most Nor­we­gian women who marry for­eign­ers are from neigh­bor­ing and west­ern coun­tries such as Swe­den, Den­mark and the UK. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to statis­tics, Nor­we­gian men are im­port­ing mostly women from Thai- land. Stud­ies also in­di­cate that there are far older men, mostly above 50 years old age, who de­cide to marry much younger Asian women.

In the awake of such con­tro­versy, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers have de­cided that a for­eign spouse may be sent back to their coun­try if the mar­riage lasts less than three years. Grant­ing Nor­we­gian cit­i­zen­ship has also be­come an ex­ten­sive process in which many spe­cific de­tails are care­fully ac­counted for be­fore fur­ther per­mits.

Re­searchers are also con­cerned that most of the men who im­port their brides are from ru­ral ar­eas in Nor­way where there is a lack of women. In ef­fect, the new wives who ar­rive in the coun­try are brought to the se­cluded towns and vil­lages chal­leng­ing their abil­ity to adapt to Nor­we­gian life.

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