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Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors

Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney 2006, Australia
School of Law and Justice, University of Canberra, Bruce, Canberra 2601, Australia
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Received: 28 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 26 October 2017 / Published: 1 November 2017
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Australian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor a spouse or prospective spouse for immigration, and concerns have been raised particularly in regards to serial or repeat sponsorship and the rights to safety for sponsored partners who are victims of domestic violence. There has been little research to date though on this type of family migration. By bringing together immigration statistics and policies from current national and international literature, this paper provides a more nuanced portrayal of patterns of spouse sponsorship and the potential problems of serial sponsorship and protection of those sponsored from intimate partner violence (IPV). We identify the limitation of the existing immigration policy and law for protecting the right of sponsored spouses who are mainly women. Some recommendations to better support these sponsored people are also explored. View Full-Text
Keywords: serial spouse sponsorship; domestic violence; intimate partner violence; immigration policy serial spouse sponsorship; domestic violence; intimate partner violence; immigration policy
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Ghafournia, N.; Easteal, P. Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors. Laws 2017, 6, 24.

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