A couple celebrate their 'sham' marriage
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What happened to these newlyweds after their sham marriage?

Reports of suspected sham marriages in England and Wales have risen by 66% in a year, as the Home Office steps up measures to stop them.

The increases come after the Law Lords overturned a government scheme designed to stop illegal immigrants marrying.

Richard Bilton went undercover and found out what became of these newlyweds.

Footage includes comment from Immigration Minister Damian Green MP.

Panorama: My Big Fat Fake Wedding , BBC One, Thursday, 24 March at 2100 GMT and then available in the UK via BBC iPlayer.

  • 24 Mar 2011
  • From the section UK
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