Report: International Matchmaking Organizations: A Report to Congress

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Subject: Report: International Matchmaking Organizations: A Report to Congress
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Mar 11 1999 - 15:06:38 EST


The INS has just released a report on mail-order brides, "International
Matchmaking Organizations: A Report to Congress," by Robert J. Scholes of
the University of Florida. It is on line at:

    http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/reps_studies/index.htm

The press release summarizing the report's findings is at:

    http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/public_affairs/news_releases/bride.htm

Among the findings:

* More than 200 international matchmaking organizations operated in the
United States in 1998, and the number is growing.
* These organizations bring together approximately 4,000 to 6,000 couples
yearly who marry and petition for immigration of the female spouse to the
United States. This volume represents between 3 and 4 percent of the direct
immigration of female spouses to this country and only 0.4 percent of all
immigration to the United States.
* Most of the women come from the Philippines or from the newly independent
states of the former Soviet Union.

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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