"According to German interior ministry estimates, at least 361 refugees under the age of 14 are registered as married. Most of the child-spouses have fled Middle East countries like war-torn Syria.
In Germany, a person must be at least 18 to register a marriage. There may be an exception for those who obtain parental consent, but in this case the minimum age is 16.
There is escalating concern in the international community over the large number of underage marriages among those seeking asylum in Europe, with some of the female spouses as young as 11, and married to men much older. According to statistics published by Germany's Central Register of Foreign Nationals, 1,475 foreigners under 18 were registered in the German migration office as married, and almost all were girls."
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