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India to Take Back Illegal Migrants From UK in Return for Visas for 3,000 Young Workers

PM Narendra Modi and British counterpart Boris Johnson (Reuters)

The pact will present enhanced employment alternatives for 3,000 younger Indian professionals yearly.

  • Reuters New Delhi
  • Last Updated:May 04, 2021, 22:16 IST
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The United Kingdom and India on Tuesday signed an settlement on migration and mobility between the 2 international locations, an Indian international ministry official stated.

The pact will present enhanced employment alternatives for 3,000 younger Indian professionals yearly, in return for India agreeing to take again any of its residents who’re dwelling illegally within the UK, Sandeep Chakravorty advised a information convention.

“It is our solemn responsibility that Indian nationals who’re undocumented, or are in misery overseas and never being given nationality or residence permits, should be taken again,” he stated.

Migration has lengthy been a supply of friction between the 2 international locations, with the same proposal collapsing in 2018 on account of disagreements.

At the time, London claimed there have been as many as 100,000 Indians dwelling illegally within the UK, although New Delhi disputes this determine.

Tens of hundreds of Indians examine within the UK every year, and New Delhi has complained a few lack of employment alternatives out there to them after they end their research.

The migration pact comes after the 2 international locations introduced 1 billion kilos ($1.39 billion) of private-sector funding. Talks on a full commerce deal are on account of start within the autumn.

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