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There needs to better reporting of shame marriages from registrars in order to tackle the influx of people exploiting the immigration loophole, accroding to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
John Vine told Good Morning Britain where was "a very patchy" picture of sham marriages sent to the Home Office, and authorities believe the problem has been grossly underreported.
The Government promised it was "taking tougher action" against sham marriages as part of plans to curb the overall numbers of immigrants entering the UK.
A Home Office spokesman said:
There is an "industry of deceit" which allows people to hop over border controls using a sham marriage, the head of an influential group of MPs has said.
Home Affairs Select Committee chair Keith Vaz said:
Registrars should be given more powers to halt "bogus" wedding ceremonies, an influential groups of MPs has said.
The Home Affairs Select Committee (HAC) warned more needed to be done to stop what had become an immigration scam "industry".
HAC pointed to the number of suspect couples being referred annually to the Home Office, which has more than doubled in three years to 2,135.
The true figure is almost certainly far higher due to under-reporting, MPs added.