Forced Marriage

Community Liaison Unit

Community Perceptions of Forced Marriage

Yunas Samad and John Eade

University of Bradford and University of Surrey Roehampton

The views expressed in this report are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


This is an analytical report for the Community Liaison Unit (CLU), 'Community Perceptions of Forced Marriage'. This report provides the context, explores the problems and the perceptions of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities of forced marriages. Therefore, this report represents a comprehensive and rigorous synthesis of existing research evidence combined with primary data collected specifically for the report.

Chapter One Reviews the original aims of the research project and how they will be met by this report. It clearly sets out the focus of the research and delineates closely related issues that will not be investigated. It considers a variety of perspectives, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and then explains the strengths of a multi-dimensional approach and how this can be actualised in terms of method. It also discusses the following:• • • • • Pros and Cons of Different Approaches Methodology This Research as a Comparative Study Data Collection Limitations of the Research


Chapter Two Provides the local context within which the two communities are located showing that they both are primarily rural in origin, working class, have low human capital and a substantial young population. The middle class professionals and elderly population are relatively small, both at national and local levels. Both groups suffer from a high degree of social stress making them dependent on bonding social capital, based in kin networks, to establish niches in the labour market. • Bradford o o o o o • History of migration Demography Social Stress Employment and Unemployment Education

Tower Hamlets o o o o o Economic and Cultural Background...