Friday, September 30, 2016

Migrant Child Brides in Europe

In Syrian refugee camps, young girls are marrying older men for protection and monetary gains. This poses a problem for European countries accepting the migrants. Should a fourteen year-old refugee girl be allowed to live with her adult husband, even though it's prohibited by European law? European countries are handling this problem in different ways. Germany is burdened with most of these child marriages, since they have the greatest influx of migrants out of any European country. Syrian families opt for child marriage to protect girls from sexual violence, but child marriage is often forced. So the question is: are these marriages benefitting young girls, or are they just legalized abuse?

-Hannah Friedle

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