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Immigration: Forced Marriage

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data her Department collects in respect of immigration applications arising from forced marriage. (198798)

I have been asked to reply.

The joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Home Office Forced Marriage Unit records a variety of data on cases they handle where the sponsor of an immigration application informs the unit that they have been forced into marriage and are reluctantly sponsoring the application. Since 2006 the Forced Marriage Unit has handled the following numbers of reluctant sponsor cases:

2006: 92 cases (69 Pakistan, 12 India, 10 Bangladesh, 1 Sudan);

2007: 95 cases (63 Pakistan, 15 Bangladesh, 11 India, 1 United Arab Emirates, 1 Albania, 2 Yemen, 1 Jordan, 1 Turkey); and

2008: (to date) - 67 cases (63 Pakistan, 3 Bangladesh, 1 India).