Monday, August 30, 2004

State Power and Family Life

In a more serious vein, this article shows that the misuse of marriage laws to prevent the immigration of "undesirables" under the guise of paternalism is by no means restricted to the Danes.

He has a driving license and the right to vote, but the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) claims the 19-year-old from Drammen is too immature to get married.
Aleksander Thonander, 19, from Drammen said he feels discriminated because the UDI claims he is too immature to get married. His 20-year-old wife is denied entry to Norway because the authorities claim the two of them have a pro forma marriage.
«I feel that Norwegian authorities do not accept the choice I have made,» Thonander said to the Norwegian television channel NRK.

Married for a year and a half
The 19-year-old has been married to Anmol, an Indian national, for a year and a half. The two of them got married December 17, 2002, in her village in India, but the visa applications were denied, and Anmol was forced to remain in India.


Karl Erik Sjøholt, department director in UDI, agreed that it may not have been a problem if Thonander had married a Norwegian girl.
The Norwegians don't even have the "Islamische Gefahr" excuse to lean on here, as it is most unlikely that an Indian family of Muslim extraction would allow a daughter of theirs to be married off to some foreign infidel from Norway. This is mere prejudice in action, and Mr. Sjøholt admits as much.