Imported brides from Thailand
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.