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 today 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.