India brings illegal migrants back to UK in exchange for visas for young workers


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. Jeff J Mitchell / Pool via REUTERS

Britain and India signed a migration and mobility deal on Tuesday, an Indian Foreign Ministry official said, as they sought to deepen economic, cultural and other ties after the Kingdom’s exit. -United.

The pact will provide more employment opportunities for 3,000 young Indian professionals each year in return for India agreeing to take back all of its citizens who live illegally in the UK, Sandeep Chakravorty said at a press conference .

The migration pact comes after the two countries announced £ 1 billion ($ 1.39 billion) in private sector investment. Talks for a full trade deal are expected to begin in the fall. Read more

“It is our solemn duty that Indian citizens who are undocumented, or who are in trouble abroad and who do not receive their nationality or residence permit, must be taken back,” Chakravorty said.

The UK Home Office said in a statement that the deal was aimed at attracting “the best and brightest and supporting people who come to the UK through legal channels, ending abuses of the system and by speeding up the expulsion of those. UK “.

Migration has long been a source of friction between the two countries, with a similar proposition collapsing in 2018 due to disagreements.

At the time, London claimed that there were as many as 100,000 Indians living illegally in the UK, although New Delhi disputes this figure.

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Tens of thousands of Indians study in the UK every year and New Delhi has complained about the lack of job opportunities available to them after graduation.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lobbied his British counterpart Boris Johnson during telephone discussions on the condition of two fugitive Indian tycoons, Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, wanted by New Delhi on charges of fraud and suspected of being in UK.

Johnson said he faced “legal hurdles” but vowed to extradite the couple to India as soon as possible, Chakravorty added.

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