India is returning illegal immigrants to the UK to obtain visas for young workers

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

The UK and India signed an immigration and mobility agreement on Tuesday to deepen economic, cultural and other ties after the UK left the European Union, an Indian Foreign Ministry official said.

Sandeep Chakravorty said at a press conference that the deal will provide improved employment opportunities to 3,000 young Indian professionals annually in return for India’s deal to repossess one of its illegally resident citizens in the UK.

The migration deal comes after the two countries announced a £ 1 billion ($ 1.39 billion) investment in the private sector. Talks on a full-fledged trade deal are slated to begin in the fall. Continue reading

“It is our official duty to return Indian citizens who have no documents or who are abroad in need and who have not been granted citizenship or residence permits,” Chakravorty said.

The UK Home Office said in a statement that the deal aims to “attract the best and brightest and assist those who come to the UK through legal means, while stopping abuse of the system and accelerating the removal of those who do not have have the system. ” To be right. ” In the United Kingdom”.

Immigration has always been a point of contention between the two countries, and a similar proposal collapsed in 2018 due to disagreements.

At the time, London claimed that up to 100,000 Indians were living illegally in the UK, although New Delhi denies that number.

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Tens of thousands of Indians study in the UK every year, and New Delhi complains about the lack of job opportunities available to them after they graduate.

Earlier on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had put pressure on his British counterpart Boris Johnson during telephone conversations about the status of two refugee money tycoons, Vijay Malia and Nirav Modi, who are wanted by New Delhi for fraud and are believed to be involved in the United Kingdom.

Chakravorty added that Johnson said he was facing some “legal hurdles” but was determined to extradite them to India as soon as possible.

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