Polygamous Muslim marriages — recognised as legal under British immigration law — cost the taxpayer a minimum of £5 million every year. Even that figure is two years out of date.
The outrageous costs are calculated on the estimated 1,000 polygamous Muslim marriages which were in existence in Britain in 2007. Given the massive increase in “legal” Third World immigration — amounting to over half a million every year — this figure is likely to have dramatically increased.
Although polygamy is illegal for the indigenous population, the insane immigration policies pursued by successive Tory and Labour administrations have made an exception for Muslims.
Polygamous marriages are officially recognised in Britain provided the weddings were “legal in the countries where they took place.”
This means that a Muslim male can marry up to the four wives he is allowed under Islamic law in a Muslim country such as Pakistan. He is then able to legally bring them all to Britain.
Here, the wives are all able to claim income support benefit at a special rate of £36.65 a week. In addition to this, they are able to claim child support for each baby produced, the one-off maternity benefit payment for each child and other benefits including housing, utilities payments and so on.
The true cost is therefore probably way in excess of the official estimate. According to the last official figures on the numbers of polygamous Muslim marriages in Britain, released in 2007, there were a thousand Muslims living legally with multiple wives in our country.
Reports said Ministers had deliberately ignored the practice which had “become commonplace in some Muslim communities.”
Under Islamic law, these marriages can be arranged without the bride and groom ever meeting and officiated over the telephone. Once married to a Muslim holding a UK passport, the wife/wives then have automatic entrance into Britain and the wonderland of benefits it offers.
Countries in which polygamous marriages take place which are recognised as legal by British law include Pakistan, Nigeria and India.
A husband may claim housing benefit for each wife even if she is abroad, for up to 52 weeks, as long as the absence is temporary and for pressing reasons.
The practise is said to have become commonplace, at least among Kashmiris, a group that accounts for most Pakistanis in Britain. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad practised polygamy.
This scandalous situation is further evidence — if it was needed — that the British people are paying to be dispossessed of their country through systematic ethnic cleansing.