At least two Syrian refugees in the district of Pinneberg lead a double marriage. They came to Germany with one wife and children each, catched up with further children and finally the second wives. The county administration in Elmshorn confirmed this fact on the daily Abendblatt inquiry. Spokesman Oliver Carstens said the agency assumes "a similarly high number of unknown cases".The fact that the men are married to several women does not matter, says Carstens. The district of Pinneberg is based on a decree of the Schleswig-Holstein state government of 2013, which grants special protection to refugees from Syria during family reunification. According to this, the foreigners' authorities can allow family members to enter Germany "provided that they have close family ties with the persons entitled to reside in Schleswig-Holstein".