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", European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 8 (Autumn 2006), p.303-320.