Brits told not to import wives from India, Pak

Parents of Asian children born and brought up in Britain prefer to “import” wives from India and Pakistan on the assumption that they are better cultured and make better wives than Asian women born and brought up with western values in Britain.

The result is that there are many young Asian women who have been ‘left on the shelf’ because young Asian men and their families often insist on marrying women from India and Pakistan.

Shaykh Jamil, an Islamic scholar who set up a family counselling service, said: “There are many well-educated women up and down the country who want to get married but are not finding the right match.

“There is an acute shortage of males and the ones who are available are getting married from back home. This leads to many women reluctantly having to bring someone from south Asia and that can lead to problems. Importing wives from Pakistan who cannot speak English has implications for their integration with British society. It makes sense to marry from within the UK as both partners will speak English and will be familiar with British culture. This will also make raising children much easier.”

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