Smell of refugees hinder for integration

According to a politician from the Norwegian Progress Party, bad smell is a major obstacle for integration of refugees.

“Most of us want to smell good when meeting people. We take a shower, put on clean clothes and perfume. This is what I am used to in my social circle. They (i.e. the refugees) use to smell differently”.

“When you eat a lot of spices and different food, you will smell differently.”

The politician raises the question:

“Do we really want in our own home someone who thinks, eats and smells differently because they eat different food, totally different from us?”

Clearly, this is not what a politician a bit higher up would say and it raises eyebrows even among party fellows, but it is the thinking of parts of the Norwegian public in 2014.


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