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Aleksandra Jolkina

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Discipline: Law

Degrees BA: BSc in Media Studies


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Till Leave to Remain Do Us Part? Marriages of Convenience and EU Free Movement Law: the Case of the United Kingdom

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The transformation of the EU from an economic to a political community has manifested itself in the introduction of the EU citizenship, as well as creation of a general right to permanent residence for EU citizens and their family members. Yet, a number of Member States, including the UK, have expressed concerns about the 'undesirable consequences' of free movement, pointing to the perceived abuse of rights. In this context, the phenomenon of marriages of convenience is viewed as a significant problem by policy makers, particularly with regard to admission of non-EU family members of EU citizens.

The first part of the thesis aims to explore the concept of marriages of convenience in EU law in so far as it concerns the exercise of free movement rights by EU citizens and their family members. The second part will examine the regulation of the phenomenon in UK law, as well as observe the relevant developments following the Brexit vote.


Keywords: (Euro-bio) Citizenship, family reunification, Free movement of persons, fundamental freedoms, marriage of convenience, migration law

Language(s) of writing: English

Country: Great Britain

Home University:

Queen Mary, University of London


School of Law

Supervisor: Valsamis Mitsilegas
Start date: 06-01-2012
(Expected) date of completion 19-06-2019
PhD current status: PhD Ongoing
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Added to catalogue on: 11-10-2018

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