Home Department written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the abuse by citizens of non-EU member states of the right of entry into the UK for citizens from accession states.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

In 2011 Border Force officers detected 433 non-EU citizens who attempted to gain entry to the UK by falsely presenting themselves as a national of an Accession state with a right of entry. In these cases the non-EU citizen presented a forged document or impersonated the holder of a genuine document issued by an Accession state.

There is also evidence to suggest that the free movement rights of Accession state nationals are being abused through marriages of conveniences. In 2011 the UK Border Agency received 579 reports from registrars of suspected marriages of convenience involving Accession nationals marrying third country nationals.

The Government are committed to protecting free movement rights from fraud and abuse and is taking action domestically and at the EU-level to tackle the problem.

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