Analysis of Article by Nicholas Keung´s Canada’s Ban on Pakistani Child Adoption

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In the article, “Canada’s Ban on Pakistani adoption”, Nicholas Keung, an immigration reporter, talks about the Canadian government’s decision to ban the adoption of children from Pakistan, citing an issue with their Islamic practice of Kafala; a system of guardianship which neither ends the biological parent-child relationship nor grants full parental rights to the adoptive parents. He tells us that this ban which just took effect in July brought about a lot of controversy and left these prospective parents as well as the Pakistani children who are waiting to be adopted emotionally distressed. I oppose the decision made by the Canadian government to ban the adoption of Pakistani children. I am against this motion because this …show more content…
I believe that by doing this they have only made the adoption process more demanding and longer, as the process which usually takes as long as three years has now been made even longer, and furthermore placing an unexpected ban on the adoption process has worsened the case. I do not think that the Kafala system is sufficient reason to ban the adoption of children because it has never been a problem before, so why now? When these children who are up for adoption come to the knowledge that a ban has been introduced which prevents them from being adopted, they certainly will not feel happy about that. They will feel as if they are not needed or accepted. Placing a ban does not contribute to helping these less privileged children find a family that is eager to take them in; it actually worsens the situation. Also, the ban is a form of marginalization, as the cultural practice of Kafala of the Muslim-majority country Pakistan is not accepted. According to Nicholas, “many other countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have raised no issue about Kafala and are still open to adoptions from Pakistan.” Why does Canada have to do otherwise? This only contradicts the fact that Canada is a country that accepts and respects the practices of other

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