Czech brides increasingly sought for EU entry
Czech women are increasingly being sought after as brides for the sole reason that marriage offers an easy route to a visa, residence permit, and eventually passport for those seeking to escape from their country of origin. Police say the numbers of such, often short-lived, marriages are clearly on the rise.
And the Czech Foreigners’ Police is warning that an increasing number of Czech women are being duped into marriages by young, handsome, and charming grooms abroad whose only real target is the visa and passport that could come after the wedding ceremony. Once the goal of residency in the Czech Republic is attained, police say the early love soon sours and husbands soon after quit their wives.
Police say that 20 cases of such disappearing husbands have already cropped up since the start of this year. But they say they are on average investigating around 20 cases of suspicious marriages a month.
Police describe how back on home ground the marriages face problems that the husbands have difficulty finding work and fitting in and the woman are left with the responsibility for struggling to keep things together. In many cases these are vain attempts with the marriages soon becoming a clear sham. The husband in some cases brings over his previous wife and children from his homeland or even a new bride. Sometimes the still infatuated wives ring up heavy debts and only face up to the mistake they have made when the husband eventually leaves.
And cases are regularly reported in Britain where Czech women living there agree to ‘fake’ marriages so illegal immigrants can stay in the country. Payments for such marriages can come to tens of thousands of pounds. Those conducting civil marriage ceremonies in Britain are supposed to report suspicious marriages to the police. In some cases the reasons are pretty evident, such as when the bride and groom use mobile phone translation apps during the ceremony to communicate with each other.