Thursday, Mar 5, 2015Thursday, Mar 5, 2015

Fake marriages more rife than thought, British lawmakers warn

Published on Jul 25, 2014 9:40 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Sham marriages to win the right to live in Britain are more prevalent than thought and a major risk to immigration control, a group of lawmakers warned on Friday.

The number of suspect couples referred to the interior ministry each year had more than doubled over the past three years to 2,145, a parliamentary committee said.

It urged for registrars, who officiate marriages, to be given the power to refuse to marry couples they find suspicious.

"There is an industry of deceit in the UK which uses sham marriages to circumvent immigration control," said committee chair Keith Vaz.

If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here