Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors

Nafiseh Ghafournia and Patricia Easteal, ‘Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors,’ Laws 6, 24; doi:10.3390/laws6040024.

13 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2017

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Nafiseh Ghafournia

Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney,

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Date Written: November 1, 2017

Abstract

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.

Keywords: serial spouse sponsorship, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, immigration policy

JEL Classification: K37, K40, K39

Suggested Citation

Ghafournia, Nafiseh and Easteal, Patricia L., Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors (November 1, 2017). Nafiseh Ghafournia and Patricia Easteal, ‘Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors,’ Laws 6, 24; doi:10.3390/laws6040024.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3063685

Nafiseh Ghafournia

Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NC NSW 2006
Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

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