Young immigrants in Sweden want to know more about sex

  • Young immigrants Masume, 20 yrs; Daimon 18 yrs; Mahdi 17 yrs; Zilan 19 yrs attend the Lundellska school in Uppsala, Sweden.
    Young immigrants Masume, 20 yrs; Daimon 18 yrs; Mahdi 17 yrs; Zilan 19 yrs attend the Lundellska school in Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Daimon is 18 years old from Eritrea living in Sweden. He attends the Lundellska school in Uppsala.
    Daimon is 18 years old from Eritrea living in Sweden. He attends the Lundellska school in Uppsala.
  • Mahdi Rezaie is 17 years old and comes from Afghanistan, his family fled to Afghanistan from Iran when he was six years old. He now lives in Sweden and attends the Lundellska school in Uppsala.
    Mahdi Rezaie is 17 years old and comes from Afghanistan, his family fled to Afghanistan from Iran when he was six years old. He now lives in Sweden and attends the Lundellska school in Uppsala.
  • Masume Ahmadi is 20 years old and from Afghanistan.  She now lives in Sweden and attends the Lundellska school in Uppsala.
    Masume Ahmadi is 20 years old and from Afghanistan. She now lives in Sweden and attends the Lundellska school in Uppsala.
  • Zilan Karim from Kurdistan is 19 years old. She now lives in Sweden and attends the Lundellska school in Uppsala
    Zilan Karim from Kurdistan is 19 years old. She now lives in Sweden and attends the Lundellska school in Uppsala
  • Sara Hallbergson teaches biology and Swedish, and is team leader for the introductory Swedish classes at the Lundellska school in Uppsala.  She says sex and relationship education is mandatory and that the students in the introductory Swedish program normally study the subject in biology class.
    Sara Hallbergson teaches biology and Swedish, and is team leader for the introductory Swedish classes at the Lundellska school in Uppsala. She says sex and relationship education is mandatory and that the students in the introductory Swedish program normally study the subject in biology class.
  • Masume, 20 yrs; Daimon 18 yrs; Zilan 19 yrs; Mahdi 17 yrs attend the Lundellska school in Uppsala, Sweden.
    Masume, 20 yrs; Daimon 18 yrs; Zilan 19 yrs; Mahdi 17 yrs attend the Lundellska school in Uppsala, Sweden.

Many young immigrants arriving in Sweden have limited or no knowledge about sexual health. The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education in Sweden (RFSU), a member association of IPPF, has been working to help fill the gap by providing sexual health lessons to young asylum seekers with great responses. 

Kerstin Isaxon is an expert on comprehensive sexual education at RFSU. She works with educating staff and unaccompanied minors at group homes, as well as at high-school introductory Swedish programmes. She says:

“These young people may not have been offered it in school, or their schooling may have been interrupted by war, poverty, persecution, or flight."

In her view there is a great need for education about sex and relationships.