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Nearly 1,500 child marriages on the books in Germany
There are more than 1,000 underaged, married foreign nationals living in Germany. These include not only refugees, but children from other EU countries as well.
Germany's Central Register of Foreign Nationals published statistics on Friday that raised alarm bells across the country: There are 1,475 children, foreign nationals living in Germany, listed as "married" on their official paperwork. Even more troubling, said the office, was the likelihood that the actual number is much higher.
The report came at the behest of the Green party and was published by several outlets owned by the Essener Funke Mediengruppe. It revealed, unsurprisingly, that the vast majority of those stuck in underage marriage were girls (1,152). And while most of the couples came from refugee populations who have fled from the Middle East, many came from fellow EU-member states.
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