Migration Board recommends stricter law

Protection against child marriage is 'ineffective'

Sweden is not doing enough to prevent forced marriage and child marriage, according to a new report from the Swedish Migration Board, which recommends a stricter law to prevent under 18s coming to Sweden for arranged marriages.

The migration authorities discovered 53 cases just in the last three months of 2010, five of which were child marriages, and the report described the legal system as "ineffective".  

“The findings of this report confirm what I already feared,” Equality Minister, Nyamko Sabuni, told news agency TT, adding that she would be the first to sign up to new legislation.

“Marriage laws must be the same for everyone in our country. We can’t have different rules and levels of equality depending on whether you’re called Fanny or Fatima.”

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