Varadkar congratulates staff & Gardaí on tackling sham marriages


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58% drop in marriages where both partners are non-Irish nationals

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has congratulated his staff and An Garda Síochána for making huge inroads in tackling so-called sham marriages.

Since August 2015 marriage Registrars have had the power to question a particular application for marriage if they had concerns about its validity. This power was granted under the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014 which made it much more difficult for marriages of convenience to be organised in Ireland.

The GRO has also been co-operating with Gardaí, the Irish National Immigration Service, and the WRC to facilitate the Garda-led Operation Vantage set up to tackle sham marriages.

Between 2015 and 2016 the number of marriages between non-Irish EU and non-EU nationals in this State fell by 58%, from 1,175 to 497.

Minister Varadkar said: “I want to commend staff in the GRO, which comes within the Department of Social Protection, other staff in my Department who were involved in drawing up this legislation, and the Gardaí, for tackling this very serious issue. It’s a great example of inter-agency co-operation and shows the effectiveness of carefully-drafted legislation.”

Marriage Notification received

Date

1/1/2015 to 17/8/2015

1/1/2016 to 17/8/2016

Difference

Total EU and Non-EU Nationals

2200

1658

-542

Total Irish and Non-EU Nationals

1025

1161

+136

Total Non-Irish EU and Non-EU Nationals

1175

497

-678

 

 

 

 


2012

2013

2014

2015

Pakistan

180

 Pakistan

242

 Pakistan

376

 Pakistan

396

Bangladesh

61

 Bangladesh

79

 India

166

 Brazil

126

Nigeria

57

 India

74

 Bangladesh

96

 India

125

Brazil

56

 Brazil

68

 Brazil

87

 Bangladesh

73

India

52

 Mauritius

53

 Mauritius

63

 Venezuela

49

Mauritius

44

 Nigeria

43

 Nigeria

35

 Mauritius

41

Egypt

30

 Egypt

39

 Egypt

28

 Egypt

35

United States

18

 Algeria

22

 United States

28

 United States

26

China

14

 Moldova

18

 South Africa

19

 Nigeria

25

Moldova

14

 South Africa

18

 Ukraine

15

 Nepal

20


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Last modified:25/01/2017