Norway: Police charge immigrants with fradulent marriages
Police in Romerike, north of Oslo, have charged 12 immigrants from Southeast Asia with fraudulently obtaining residence permission in Norway through the use of false marriages.
Suspicions rose when couples being interviewed for residence permission didn’t seem to know much about each other. In all the cases, one of the two already had permission to live and work in Norway, while the other arrived as an alleged spouse through a family reunification program.
Police raided six different homes in Romerike last week, and brought charges after finding evidence that they claim indicates the marriages had been arranged.
The 12 persons charged have the same ethnic background, but police won’t say from which country they emigrated.