This is shown in a report drafted by the social services at the request of the ruling Social Democrats and opposition conservative Moderates on the Malmö city council. The oldest of the men is a 36 year old who was housed together with a pregnant 16 year old girl.
Married refugee minors are considered to be unaccompanied in Sweden as child marriage is illegal here.
“It’s a complex situation,” says Annelie Larsson, an administrator with Malmö social services. “But I think these situations are so serious that we obviously have to follow-up and make sure this is voluntary.”
Annelie Larsson says it isn’t clear cut how the social services should act in such situations:
“If it’s a forced marriage, it’s obvious she won’t say that during our first conversation. It’s difficult for me to see how we could immediately take custody of a 17 year old girl who says she absolutely wants to live with her husband in their new home. So it’s important that we follow-up.”
The city’s lawyers are to consider what should be done about the situation. Twelve of the girls are 15 years old; some of them have been housed with men twice their age.