Jamie Smyth is an Irish journalist based in Sydney (Australia).

Currently he is an Australia and Pacific correspondent of the Financial Times.

In the past he was a social affairs correspondent with The Irish Time and has previously worked in Brussels as the newspaper's European Correspondent, where he first began writing about the “sham marriage” industry. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Smyth studied History at Trinity College Dublin and later journalism at Dublin City University.

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Jamie Smyth

Supported projects

Latvian Brides, Asian Grooms, British Isles

  • Trafficking

RIGA - Hundreds of women come to Ireland each year to marry non-Europeans – with the sole aim of securing visas for their new husbands. Most of them are from poor Eastern European states such as Latvia and Lithuania, where the offer of a few thousand euros is enough to lure women into such a “sham marriage”.