Since 2012, the Swedish government’s Migration Agency has provided training to Muslim “immigrant youths” to target shoot with sniper rifles — all in the name of teaching the Swedish language, as well as socializing and integrating the migrants into Swedish society.
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Catherine Östholm reports for Allehande.se (Google translation) that the sniper training program began on a small scale in fall of 2012, then “exploded” in spring 2013. By then, more than 50 “immigrant youths” from all over the world, including Syria, Afghanistan, and Africa, were enrolled in the biathlon course in Sollefteå, in Sweden’s Ångermanland province.
Reporting from Hallstaberget shooting range, Östholm writes that one of the “immigrant youths” is Maria Ibrahim, who is loading her rifle as she lies down on the green rubber mat. She aims carefully at the “classical target of five black dots,” hitting all five, as “the white caps fall into place one by one.”
Ibrahim says, “I think this is a good activity. It’s fun to learn how to shoot, and we have fun together. We laugh a lot. If this continues into the fall, I will certainly stay in the program!”
Birgit Höglin, an instructor, said that the immigrant youths “come from all over the world—Syria, Afghanistan, Africa, and South America.” Some are from war-torn areas; all are “interested and very talented.”
Höglin explains that the sniping course is offered as part of the language course at the local upper secondary school, but that the benefits of the course are “much more” than teaching the immigrant youths how to shoot.
Höglin says: “It’s much more than the sport itself. Here, the youths talk Swedish in other social contexts, meet new people, and hang out, learning new vocabulary. They learn about discipline and safety. It is a useful experience!”
H/t The New Observer and FOTM‘s Lana
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