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Germany Cracking Down on Migrant Child Marriages and Polygamy

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 rbear    240

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has promised to crackdown on the growing problem of multiple, forced, and underage marriages that immigrants from developing countries are bringing with them – but which have often been ignored by authorities.

The state of Bavaria alone has been able to confirm 550 cases of brides aged under 18, and 161 under 16, living among the asylum seekers that have arrived in the recent migrant wave, and similar statistics have been reported throughout Germany, according to Bild.

A government report from 2012 stated that more than half of all Muslim marriages in Germany involved a bride who was under 18.


Local authorities frequently find ways to indulge and even support such practices. For example, the inheritance of one man is often distributed among his official and unofficial wives.

For other issues, Muslims often appeal to Sharia arbitrators, who bypass official institutions to rule according to Islamic scripture.

In the sphere of marriage, they have been helped by a 2009 law that allows religious marriages to be conducted without accompanying state registration, effectively giving the green light to a whole spectrum of semi-legal practices.

This is a little bit confusing to me, as I thought the whole joy of multiculturalism was all of the different cultural norms conflicting with one another harmoniously.

Whatever the case, inviting people to come live in your country and then trying to reformulate their culture to something you’re more comfortable with strikes me as a ridiculous exercise. Especially when the people were invited for no reason in the first place.

cont DS

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