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.
The most highly represented country of origin was Syria (664). There were also many from Afghanistan (157) and Iraq (100), but also on the list were European countries like Bulgaria (65), Poland (41), Romania (33) and Greece (32).
While more than two-thirds of those registered as married are between 16 and 18, there are 361 children under the age of 14 legally married and living in Germany."
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