Netherlands: ECHR 1985

(Commission ) The first applicant (a Moroccan) had come to the Netherlands and obtained a residence permit on the strength of a permanent relationship with a Dutch woman. That had failed, but he now wished to marry another Dutch national. The applicants complained that they were not to be allowed to marry. They were both present in the Netherlands. They would be prevented from marrying because of a decision to expel the intended husband to Morocco. They then went to Morocco and married. The first applicant then obtained a residence permit to stay with his wife in the Netherlands.
Held: The claim was manifestly ill-founded: ‘Act 12 of the Convention does not guarantee the right to marry in a particular country, or under a particular legal system.’ The prospect of marriage need not disrupt the ordinary course of immigration control.


(1985) 8 EHRR 308, 10914/84


European Convention on Human Rights 12


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CitedSecretary of State for the Home Department v Baiai and others CA 23-May-2007
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CitedBaiai and others, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department HL 30-Jul-2008
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