More than 1,600 girls and young women living in Ireland could be at risk of female genital mutilation, according to a major new EU study.

Research has shown that up to 11% of almost 14,600 girls, aged 0-18 years, who are living here and who were born in or whose parents originated from countries where female genital mutilation (FGM) is common, were likely to be at risk of being mutilated.

The study concludes that there appears to be a low risk of girls undergoing FGM in Ireland, with the main risk emerging only if they return to their country of origin.

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