• Sweden edition
 

More kids abducted from Sweden: report

Published: 31 Oct 2011 08:21 GMT+01:00
Updated: 31 Oct 2011 08:21 GMT+01:00

The Swedish foreign ministry is currently working with 134 ongoing cases regarding the abduction of children by one of their parents in recent years.

So far this year 100 children have been taken out of the country, continuing a rising trend from 2010 which saw 108 children whisked away.

The figures indicate a significant rise on 2006 when 72 children were abducted.

The foreign ministry explained the increasing trend as due to changing migration habits, increased travel and more marriages which span international marriages.

According to the foreign ministry the best chance of locating an abducted child is if he/she has been taken to one of the 80 signatories to the Hague Abduction Convention which came into force in 1980.

The primary intention of the Hague Convention is to preserve the status quo child custody arrangement which existed immediately before an alleged wrongful removal.

The foreign ministry advises that if a child has been taken to a country which is not a signatory to the convention, repatriation is further complicated.

Sweden ratified the convention in 1989.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

10:58 October 31, 2011 by skogsbo
could so easily say 100 have left the country with a non swedish parent, when their family split, perhaps for the better. There is a presumption, the child left against their will and that the child belongs in Sweden regardless of the family situation. Hardly suprising one parent or the other legs it with 'their' child. It's clearly not good for the kids, but Sweden does need to sort itself out over this issue.

Abducted is clearly the wrong word.
11:27 October 31, 2011 by voiceofreason
Completely agree, Sweden is not the only place a child can be raised, and one parent does not need to have his\her life frozen just because they have a child.

Parents should be helped and encouraged not to follow the path of divorce, there is no better way to raise a child than with biological parents who are married and in love.
11:34 October 31, 2011 by rouzi
@ Skogsbo

See, I think the word 'abducted' is appropriate because most of theses cases happen when one of parents is banned/ deprive of having the custody or even seeing his/her child.

The thing that is clearly suggested itself here is the increased level of divorce and separation in Sweden. Furthermore, there is a need to investigate the court system and laws to see if they are fair.

.what the minster suggest ''marriages which span international marriages'' is a bit strange for me. At least it is not match to my personal observation. I do not think swedes are more eager to go in relation with foreigner comparing to the past.
11:59 October 31, 2011 by skogsbo
abduction, is done against their will, if these kids were happy to go with that particular parent and wanted to live in X country, then it's not abduction.

If overseas parents thought they would get a fair hearing over custody in Sweden, then I'm sure a lot of these cases would never occur. But, there is a general perception (probably based on fact) that the foreign parent stand little chance of winning custody against a Swedish parent, who wishes to keep the child in Sweden. This is regardless of which sex the parent is, or who can provide best for the child or most importantly, where the child will be happiest.

Rouzi, the swedish state often deprive the overseas parent access to their child/s unless they come to Sweden to visit them, in these cases Sweden wants to have it both ways.
12:50 October 31, 2011 by karex
It is officially defined as abduction. In many countries children below a certain age have no leagl responsibility and therefore cannot decide about events which can have a significant impact on their future. The definition is internationally agreed. In Brazil for example, one parent cannot leave the country with the children unless given a judge's permission based on the other parent being aware and in agreement with the travel. This law was put in place PRECISELY to stop one parent from taking a child away from the other without consent. When there is a divorce and parents are awarded joint custody, or one parent custody with the other having visitation rights, or even the other being banned for seeing the children in case of proven abuse, it is illegal to take action which goes against a court ruling.

Having said that however, what needs to be reviewed in Sweden is when cases happen the other way around: when a Swedish parents steals a child in another country from the other parent and comes running to Sweden. In these cases I have never seen Sweden cooperate to find the child in question.
12:51 October 31, 2011 by rouzi
@ Skogsbo

What you say is correct. Even so, as we do not know about the situation of all so called abducted children and their wills, we have to assume they have kidnapped. Secondly, acting against law whether it is a fair law or not is an criminal act.

I am completely agree with you that there is discrimination about foreign parents. Even though, I am sure both you and me are agree as well that taking children in this shape neither help to solve the discrimination issue nor it is gonna help the children really.

The continues law breaking has in fact convinced Sweden authority that theses parents were not qualified to keep children. ( They do not look to the law they assume the law is a correct one.) Additionally, it has led to establishment of stereotypes that all foreigners will act the same and if something happens they immediate accuse them of being guilty.

Furthermore, it is good to have in mind that in most of custody cases, the fight between parents pass the logical thought and they want to be only the winner without thinking about their children welfare.

I see and understand the stupidity of law in this case but I can not understand the selfishness of a mother or a farther who separates his/her child from his/her mother or a farther while there is no danger for the child.
13:45 October 31, 2011 by Opinionfool
@voieofreason

"there is no better way to raise a child than with biological parents who are married and in love."

Not sure that anthropologists would agree with that assertion. Many tribal cultures operate a completely different child-care model.

And the view of the nuclear family (loving husband and wife and 2.4 children) is the perfect environment to raise children is a myth. Social mobility and the individuated nuclear family is a feature of the late 20th century. It isn't the historical norm --- even in the developed west. Until around the mid 1960s moving away from the larger family group (grandparents, aunts/uncles, siblings and their children) was not common. Children were not raised by their biological parents alone. The family as a whole had a hand in it. Indeed in poorer urban parts in the developed west the larger family unit still holds sway and influences a child's upbringing.

But if we are to idealise the nuclear family then regulation needs to be developed that copes with divorce and any further social mobility wherein one partner moves away from the other. And if that move is trans-national border then cooperation between governments is required in framing those regulations.
14:59 October 31, 2011 by skogsbo
kar, rou, opi, I agree but if the Swedish government doesn't take the first step and form an unbiased panel with representatives from both nationalities siting on it to resolve these cases fairly, then parents will still turn and run, it's human instinct and you can't defeat the drive of a parent - regardless of what law they make break. Most parents would happily risk a year or two of prison, given the choice of not seeing their kids again or having to fight a system that is against the non swede, especially if the non swede is a guy, then you have even less chance of balance hearing.

Granted parents in tribunals do think it's about them winning and not the kids future happiness or how they might view all of it when they grow up. That's the problem there are courses and licences for driving, guns etc. but anybody can chuck out as many kids as like !!!
20:48 October 31, 2011 by BeenThereWentHome
The Hague Convention isn't worth the paper it is written on. My children were abducted from England to Sweden but the Stockholm District Court decided they hadn't been abducted under the convention as our move, costing thousands of pounds, enrolling the children in school, with doctors etc. was only temporary!

I just hope those in similar circumstances to mine get some resolution and keep contact with their children...
Today's headlines
Swimrun
Record win at Sweden's tough island race
Photo: Jakob Edholm/ÖTILLÖ14

Record win at Sweden's tough island race

Two Swedes crushed last year's course record at the Swimrun world championship in Stockholm's archipelago on Monday. READ  

Sweden reveals Academy Award submission
Swedish director Ruben Östlund on set. Photo. TT

Sweden reveals Academy Award submission

The movie set to represent Sweden at the 2015 Academy Awards was revealed on Monday, a film that has already won awards abroad. READ  

Amphetamines
Hidden forest drug stash leads to prosecution

Hidden forest drug stash leads to prosecution

A 53-year-old man has been prosecuted after police in western Sweden made one of their largest drug seizures in the area. READ  

Man shot dead in hunting accident
Photo: Hunter Desportes/Flickr

Man shot dead in hunting accident

UPDATED: Police in northern Sweden say a man was killed on Monday morning after what they described as a "hunting accident". READ  

Pirate Bay Swede's trial set for final stage

Pirate Bay Swede's trial set for final stage

The mother of Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has told The Local about her son's "suffering" in jail ahead of the final stages of his trial. READ  

Suspected Ebola case ruled out in Sweden
Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Suspected Ebola case ruled out in Sweden

UPDATED: Officials at a Stockholm hospital reported that they had found a suspected case of the Ebola virus on Sunday night. But the case was dismissed on Monday. READ  

Murderer on the loose after breakout

Murderer on the loose after breakout

A 34-year-old man who killed a child is on the run after he broke out of a psychiatric ward in central Sweden. READ  

Skåne floods
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
A Malmö bus under water. Photo: Stig Åke Jönsson/TT

Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods

Flood waters subsided in the southern Sweden region of Skåne on Monday, after flash flooding saw chaos on roads and trains at the weekend. READ  

Elections 2014
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto

UPDATED: Leaders of the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats have announced their complete list of election promises in Stockholm's Nacka. READ  

Zlatan scores hat trick in PSG thrashing
Photo: AP

Zlatan scores hat trick in PSG thrashing

Champions Paris Saint-Germain thumped Saint-Etienne 5-0 as Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Bastia. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Politics
How immigration became a key election issue
Society
Brit's life in Sweden becomes BBC radio show
Gallery
People-watching August 27
Gallery
Top ten false friends in Swedish
Blog updates

25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

 

25 August

The Dollar Store (Blogweiser) »

"A dollar store in Sweden. Blog post: http://t.co/tNuuvcP1q0 #USD #greenbacks #sweden #sverige pic.twitter.com/RHFAYf7U1k — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) August 23, 2014 There’s a chain here in Sweden called The DollarStore. This name always stood out to me in a country where they don’t use dollars. I went there for the first time this weekend. They actually accepted greenbacks..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Society
Meet the man who made a Swedish store recall its high heels for kids
Business & Money
'How I came to run my own business in Sweden'
Politics
Expert explains why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty
National
City plays Schindler's List theme at Nazi rally
Society
For Stockholm Fashion Week, here's the A-Z of Swedish fashion
National
'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Gallery
People-watching August 22-24
National
Armed royal guards caught (very) drunk on the job
National
Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
Gallery
Violent anti-Nazi demonstrations in Malmö
Society
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
Gallery
See the destruction from the southern Sweden floods
Politics
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Society
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

747
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se