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Preventing abuse of family route
The importance of tackling abuse of the family migration route and promoting better community integration for those who come to live permanently in the UK was reaffirmed last week by Immigration Minister Damian Green.
only two-thirds of people on a marriage visa had been here before;
in 2004 the nationalities of people settling varied, but eight out of ten people from Bangladesh and Pakistan had settled permanently within five years;
20 per cent of sponsors of marriage visa applicants were either unemployed or had an income below the national minimum wage.
thirty-seven per cent of sponsors from the sample were living with family members or friends; and
in 2009-10, the Department for Work and Pensions spent £2.6 million on telephone interpreting services and nearly £400,000 on document translation.
'These are sensitive issues which have been ignored for far too long but ones we are determined to tackle', said Immigration Minister Damian Green.
In a recorded YouTube interview(Opens in a new window) Tube interview the Minister invited members of the public contribute questions on the consultation(Opens in a new window) proposals via Twitter to @homeoffice using #asktheminister(Opens in a new window), or by email to email@example.com.
The Minister went on to say:
'We want a system that lets everyone know where they stand and what their responsibilities are.
'That is why our focus is on delivering better family migration – better for migrants, for communities and for the UK as a whole.'
Plans in the consultation(Opens in a new window), which closes on 6 October, include:
clearer definition of genuine marriage in order to prevent sham and forced marriages; and
requiring spouses, partners and adult dependants to demonstrate they understand everyday English.
Read the full speech.