Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Fewer mixed marriages

The number of mixed marriages between Danes and immigrants has been halved in six years. The decline can be seen as an attempt by immigrants to hold on to their culture, according to author Inger Abildgaard. Whether going to the chapel or the mosque to get married, Danes and immigrants from the country’s four largest ethnic groups tied the knot only 146 times this year. According to figures from Statistics Denmark, that is only half as many marriages as in 1999. Author Inger Abildgaard, who wrote about multi-cultural marriages Grænseløs Kærlighed (Love Without Borders), told daily newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad that the decline could indicate a growing need among ethnic minorities to maintain their culture. ‘Young people experience increasing resistance from their families about them marrying outside of their ethnic group, because it weakens the group’s position in the country. Many immigrants feel threatened by the political rhetoric right now, but also by Danish culture as a whole. That’s why they are trying to get back to their roots,’ said Abildgaard. She was surprised about the development, because one might expect immigrants to marry Danes more often as they become more integrated. ‘The fact it hasn’t gone that way shows that the mental distance between ‘them’ and ‘us’ is just as large as it always has been, if not more,’ said Abildgaard.

4 Comments:

At July 13, 2005 5:05 PM, Blogger Evan said...

Author Inger Abildgaard, who wrote about multi-cultural marriages Grænseløs Kærlighed (Love Without Borders), told daily newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad that the decline could indicate a growing need among ethnic minorities to maintain their culture.

Disturbing. IMHO intermarriage is among the most reliable indicators of that one's primary loyalty goes beyond one's narrow tribe. Many western European countries, have preferred the multicultural-preservation model of immigration over the assimilation model, and that is proving to be a very serious mistake.

 
At July 14, 2005 5:25 PM, Blogger the adventuress said...

This means there are fewer naive women (and men, but it's mostly women) converting to Islam in order to marry Ahmed from Lahore or Fatima from Ankara.

 
At July 14, 2005 11:25 PM, Blogger NYgirl said...

I agree with Evan, intermarriage is the key to assimilation. Multiculti acctualy hinders assimilation.

Also, countries should have better immingratan intigration programs. Most people who come, arrive via sponsorship by a relative & fall right into an ex-pat community.

Were there to be a co-sponsor of a different ethnicity also, particluarly one who is more "mainstream", the new immigrant would have someone who can help them adjust to the culture of the country.

A big part of the problem is the confusion & lack of understanding of the culture of the new country.

 
At July 15, 2005 2:53 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

Like many Muslim men, Muhammad, an immigrant from Pakistan, first came to Norway alone. After building a career, he found a wife, a Norway citizen, and obtained citizenship himself. Soon enough, his astonished new bride learned that Muhammad was in the process of bringing his first wife to Norway, along with their nine children, all of whom were considered Norwegian citizens by law.

NINE CHILDREN!!!!!

The above from

http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/007094.php#comments

 

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