This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

Zwangsehe/-verheiratung (forced marriage)

A forced marriage is one in which one (or both) of the marriage partners does not want to get married but is forced to by others. Forcing someone into marriage is a grave human rights violation and is a criminal offence in Germany.

In Germany, forced marriage was the subject of a nationwide studypublished in 2007. The study revealed that most of the persons affected are very young women. However, men can also be forced into marriage; a large number of these cases go unreported. According to the study, almost all the people affected by forced marriage in Germany have a migration background. However, experts warn that this is a complex phenomenon which should not be viewed solely as a “migrant issue”, and that it is important to avoid any generalised assumption that certain migrant communities’ cultures discriminate against women.

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