‘Disturbing how often people become a good catch shortly after deportation orders.’
A High Court judge has asked the State to make “huge efforts” to prevent, root out and revoke bogus marriages after the making of a deportation order against one or other of the parties.
Mr Justice Richard Humphreys made the comments in a major reserved judgment about a 45-year-old Algerian man who had challenged a deportation order.
“I appreciate that love is, of course, blind but it is nonetheless disturbing to note how frequently applicants become regarded as ‘a good catch’ shortly after being served with deportation orders,” the judge said.
The judge said the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had initially sought asylum here after claims he had encountered difficulties with Islamists in his home country.
He had left Algeria 15 years ago and had come to Ireland where he had been refused asylum by the Refugee Applications Commissioner, a decision he had not appealed.
The judge said that five months after a deportation order had been made against him in March 2004 by the minister for justice and equality, “we have the wearyingly predictable feature of his marriage to a young Hungarian woman” who had left Ireland four years later and with whom he had no contact since. There had been no children from the marriage.
In a separate case the judge dismissed an asylum appeal in which a Nigerian woman who had been given a right of residence in Ireland had married a Nigerian man, against whom there was a deportation order.
While continuing to evade the Garda National Immigration Bureau for seven years from 2008 until 2015 the man had last year undergone a civil marriage ceremony with the woman who had residential rights in Ireland and who had afterwards become pregnant. The man had however been deported in September 2015, three months before the birth of their child.