An Ideal Husband? Marriages of Convenience, Moral Gatekeeping and Immigration to the UK

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An Ideal Husband? Marriages of Convenience, Moral Gatekeeping and Immigration to the UK

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This paper considers the treatment of ‘marriages of convenience’ or ‘sham marriages’ in UK immigration law. Such measures inevitably involve a degree of moral and cultural gate-keeping as decision-makers are obliged to measure the alleged sham marriage against the template of a ‘genuine’ relationship. However, the paper argues that the function of such measures has often been to enhance the ability to exclude or remove unwanted immigrants.

 

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  • Helena Wray. "An Ideal Husband? Marriages of Convenience, Moral Gatekeeping and Immigration to the UK" in Guild, E. and Minderhoud, P. eds. The First Decade of EU Migration and Asylum Law. Leiden, Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2011, p.351-373.