Which countries make it hardest for citizens to live with foreign spouses

The UK isn’t the only country to impose economic requirements on citizens, who are often referred to as “sponsors” of their foreign spouse. According to data collected by the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) in 2014, several countries have even stricter policies...

MIPEX ranked 38 developed, liberal “destination” countries for a range of restrictions placed on immigration. “Family Reunion” is one category, with a number of sub-indicators that MIPEX incorporates into an overall score. The UK scored worst out of all the countries for family reunion policies. Spain had the best score. The US was near the middle, in 14th place.

Age is another barrier to spouses uniting across borders. Danish citizens can’t bring spouses to live with them if the spouse is under the age of 24, and several other countries require them to be over 20 or 21.

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