The Swedish hunting association runs a project to encourage young asylum-seekers to learn about hunting, a move which has proved controversial among some far right groups.
“These young people have no connection to life in the Swedish outdoors and how we look at nature, such as the right of public access. Many come from countries where it is plain dangerous to be out in the nature,” said Magnus Rydholm at the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management (Svenska Jägareförbundet).
The project has been running for six years and has never been more more popular with some 200-300 young people participating in events organized by the association across the country in 2014…
…The project has however proved controversial in recent years and a former project manager has been threatened after having spoken about the scheme in the media.
“There are some dark forces who don’t think the same way we do, unfortunately. But our values are: openness, respect and responsibility. We welcome everyone, regardless of background or religion. We work with these issues and are not about to back down in the face of those who think differently,” Rydholm said…
The first odd thing about this is level of involvement (and money that is being spent) in trying to convert the refugees into Swedes. I do not think it quite like this in Canada, although I have to admit I know little about it.
Secondly, since most of the refugees are Muslims, is it really wise to teach them how to hunt? Just a thought. With all the news about “lone wolves” — a better name would really be “lone hunters gone bad.”