German teachers to get guidelines on forced marriage

German teachers are to get guidelines on handling with pupils the issue of forced marriages, the government said Friday after a spate of cases hit the headlines: the guidelines aim to give schools and teachers concrete tips for picking up on early warning signs if a pupil is being pushed into a forced marriage, and on talking to parents and alerting child protection services. support groups estimate that more than 1,000 forced unions happen every year in Germany. Mostly the girls are Muslims, but not all. Often they are sent back to their parents’ countries of origin such as Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Kosovo, Iran and Iraq to marry, and cannot return because they have no German passport