Bogus marriages much worse than previously thought, according to the Gardai. (Of course t
hey bloody were - almost everything to do with asylum and illegal immigration into this country is "much worse" than any official figures suggest. How did this obvious scam get off the ground in the first place?)http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-an ... -1.2949938More than half of all marriages in the Republic between men from outside the EU and non-Irish EU women in recent years are believed by gardaí to have been shams. The rates of such marriages have fallen so much since the Garda-led Operation Vantage began 18 months ago that senior officers now believe the abuse of the system was much more widespread than previously suspected.
I would not have thought that Ireland was a marriage tourist destination, that it, that a non-Irish couple would view Ireland as a marriage destination. It was certainly common for Irish couples to travel abroad – the Algarve, Rome, Sorrento, etc. - to get married. But I find it hard to believe that Ireland has the same marriage destination cachet. I can understand it if the couple were both from Northern Ireland but not for other countries.
There are detailed statistics available for 2015 on the country of residence of the bride and groom. See the following tables in http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublica ... ships2015/
• Table 9 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by age and area of residence of groom before marriage
• Table 10 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by age and area of residence of bride before marriage
• Table 11 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by area of residence of groom before marriage, also showing whether bride has same area of residence
• Table 12 Marriages registered in 2015 classified by area of residence of bride before marriage, also showing whether groom has same area of residence
In 2015, of the 1,219 grooms whose country of residence is listed as not Ireland, Northern Ireland or Britain, 1,123 brides – 92.1% - were either from the same area as the groom or not from Ireland.
In 2015, of the 1,231 brides whose country of residence is listed as not Ireland, Northern Ireland or Britain, 1,104 grooms - 89.7% - were either from the same area as the bride or not from Ireland.
In 2015, of the 1,219 grooms whose country of residence is listed as Britain and not Northern Ireland, 1,145 brides – 91.9% - were either from Britain or a country other than Ireland.
In 2015, of the 1,197 brides whose country of residence is listed as Britain and not Northern Ireland, 1,143 grooms – 97.2% - were either from Britain or a country other than Ireland.
This refers to country of residence. So these people travelled to Ireland as tourists just to get married.
There are less details marriage statistics for the years 2002 to 2015 available from the CSO in their data series VSA67: Marriages Registered by Country of Residence, Bride and Groom, Form of Ceremony and Year (http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Statire ... Language=0
This table summarises the number of marriages between brides and grooms whose country of residence is both British or another country for the years 2002 to 2015:
Year Britain/Britain Estimated Other/Other Estimated Non-Irish/Non-Irish Total %Age of Total Total Marriages
2002 1,080 607 1,687 8.21% 20,556
2004 994 529 1,522 7.26% 20,979
2005 934 432 1,367 6.40% 21,355
2006 898 430 1,328 6.01% 22,089
2007 838 399 1,236 5.43% 22,756
2008 1,030 451 1,482 6.68% 22,187
2009 964 486 1,450 6.71% 21,627
2010 867 539 1,405 6.82% 20,594
2011 896 553 1,449 7.30% 19,855
2012 969 674 1,643 7.93% 20,713
2013 975 838 1,813 8.77% 20,680
2014 1,095 1,000 2,095 9.50% 22,045
2015 1,171 1,109 2,281 10.35% 22,025
So, in 2015 over 10% of marriages were “marriage-tourism”. How credible is that?
This shows some of this information graphically:
The total marriages are shown in the left axis. Other marriage numbers are shown in the right axis.
The total number of marriages dropped from a high in 2007 to a low in 2011. The non-national to non-national marriages did not experience the same drop. The Non-Irish/Non-British to Non-Irish/Non-British has been showing a different trend and increasing since 2007. It has almost tripled since 2007.
2015 was a peak year for such marriages so any alleged crackdown cannot have taken place in the last 18 months. The problem has been apparent for some time.
Why are historical marriages not being questioned aggressively?
This country is sleep-walking into social and demographic problems.
When this happens in Ireland, the British are going to look for border and customs controls along Ireland/Northern Ireland border. I cannot see them allowing a special case with all its associated leakiness unless they have additional controls between Northern Ireland and Britain, which is unlikely.