Sunday, July 23, 2017

Swimming Crisis in Sweden

Hat tip Fria Tider, Mad Magazine and the great Don Martin

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Sweden has a  problem with immigrants who don't know how to swim. The problem seems especially acute among the newly arrived immigrants. The below article is from the Swedish blog, Fria Tider. The translation is mine.

Many Immigrants Cannot Swim

Published July 23, 2017 at 12.06

DOMESTIC. Many newly arrived immigrants who come to Sweden can not swim. At the same time, statistics show that drowning accidents in the country have increased in recent years.
"We only want to swim with women or in full clothing," says an Ethiopian woman to SVT.


The acquaintance of newly arrived immigrants is often very low. They can not swim and go to sim school in Sweden.

But immigrant women have another problem. Because of their culture, they do not get or do not want to swim with men.

"We can not mix with others if we do not have full clothing and there is no full cover swimwear available here. We want to swim only with women or in full cover clothes, "says Badria Othman from Ethiopia to SVT News Western Norway.

Last year, Örnsköldsvik municipality started a swimming lessons for just new arrivals. But then only foreign men came and this year the interest was low. 

SVT couples the low level of swimming ability among immigrants with the increased number of drowning accidents in Sweden.

According to statistics from the Swedish Lifeguard Society, drowning accidents have increased "markedly" in Sweden, SVT writes.

Between 2007-2011, 63 people drowned in June. But between 2012-2016, 75 people drowned, an increase of 25 percent.
According to the Lifeguard Society, there are "major shortcomings" in the swimming of immigrants.

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