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Marriages of convenience: A link between facilitation of illegal immigration and THB

Marriages of convenience: A link between facilitation of illegal immigration and THB

The Hague, March 2014, Early Warning Notification 2014/8

Marriages of convenience as a modus operandi for the facilitation of illegal immigration

Europol regularly receives contributions detailing the involvement of organised crime groups (OCGs) in organising marriages of convenience. In most of these cases, the marriage only serves to “legalise” the residence status of an irregular migrant. A marriage of convenience is defined as “a marriage contracted for the sole purpose of enabling the person concerned to enter or reside in a Member State.”  If the organisation of these marriages is linked to OCGs, it is a sub-phenomenon or modus operandi of facilitation of illegal immigration.

 

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