An Indian bride covers her face during the Muslim community mass marriage in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. A total of 151 Muslim couples tied the knot at the mass marriage. Mass marriages in India are organized by social organizations primarily to help the economically backward families who cannot afford the high ceremony costs as well as the customary dowry and expensive gifts that are still prevalent in many communities. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki) ORG XMIT: DEL181 Ajit Solanki, AP
Young Indian women who have passed international English exams are sought after by families desperate to get their sons into western countries to work and eventually immigrate.

 

Media outlets in India reportedly state that there is a “booming matrimony market” for international students who can help would-be spouses migrate to a Western country. “Families are looking for matches to get their sons or daughters abroad,” explains Kwantlen Polytechnic University political scientist Shinder Purewal. “And the most successful route to Canada is through international-student channels. It’s an easy way to get immigration.” The Vancouver Sun explains that parents of the male spouse typically offer to cover expenses for international students in exchange for a real or fake marriage that will allow the spouse to live and work in Canada, positioning them to become permanent residents of Canada.

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