Borderlines Podcast #98 – The Ban on Islamic Adoptions, with Warda Shazadi Meighen

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Warda Shazadi Meighen is an immigration lawyer in Toronto and the founder of Landings Law.

Canadian immigration legislation states that adoptions that can lead to immigration must create a legal parent-child relationship and sever the pre-existing legal parent-child relationship.Many Islamic countries have adoption, or guardianship, regimes based on kafala law, by which adoptive parents become the sponsor or guardians of a child, but the pre-existing legal parent-child relationship is not severed. As a consequence, adoptions from many Muslim countries are not recognized under Canadian immigration law. Warda has launched a Charter challenge to change this.