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India-UK Migration Pact Overcomes Past Barriers: UK’s Priti Patel

The Migration and Mobility Partnership (MMP) overcomes previous hurdles, Rishi Sunak has mentioned.


A brand new Migration and Mobility Partnership (MMP) signed between India and the UK not too long ago is an “unprecedented” reciprocal settlement that may overcome the limitations round mobility and migration of the previous, British Home Secretary Priti Patel has mentioned.

The senior Indian-origin Cabinet minister, who signed the partnership’s memorandum of understanding (MoU) with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in London final week, mentioned the plan to have 3,000 younger college students and professionals a yr entry new work expertise advantages in both nation beneath the brand new pact will likely be up and working “within months”.

She highlighted that the transfer, which features a new “bespoke” plan for 18 to 30 yr olds to use for a 24-month keep in both nation places youth mobility on the coronary heart of the bilateral relationship.

“This is a very significant unprecedented scheme that will provide additional benefits to both countries. It is highly symbolic,” Patel instructed PTI in an interview on Monday.

“It shows how our two countries have really developed and advanced our relationship, in a purposeful and transformative way; which to be very candid, we did not have previously. Putting mobility at the heart of this relationship is a real change, a real pivot. We have spent too much time in the past speaking about mobility barriers,” she mentioned.

Under the brand new pact, either side have agreed to work in the direction of an April 2022 timeline to usher in new techniques in place, with work already underway with the High Commission in London and Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.

“We have worked at pace for this and we are in the process of finalising the timetable around this. We are not hanging around. We are literally now just putting dates on this,” the minister mentioned.

Dubbed as a first-of-its-kind settlement between the 2 international locations, each governments agreed enhanced mobility provisions for younger skilled Indian and British residents and swifter and extra environment friendly returns of unlawful migrants by accelerating timescales for removals, by committing applicable assets to facilitate returns.

“We also signed an agreement linked to illegal migration, which is a huge benefit for India as well because obviously there are certain individuals that come in that India wants returned,” mentioned Ms Patel, in reference to extradition circumstances.

The new youth mobility route provides to earlier bulletins beneath Britain’s post-Brexit points-based immigration system, which the minister mentioned was already “benefitting Indians hugely” as the brand new guidelines got here in power from earlier this yr with the UK not certain by European Union legal guidelines.

“The whole purpose of the points based system was to do away with the discrimination that India were at a the disadvantage under previous systems. I have squared that circle in less than 12 months. In less than two years since becoming Home Secretary, I have really moved the needle on creating a new bespoke and reciprocal route for young professionals from the UK and in India to really become part of that professional experience and exchange,” mentioned Ms Patel.

She credited the management of the 2 Prime Ministers – Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi – in addition to her counterpart, Home Minister Amit Shah, for driving the mobility agenda ahead.

“Through the leadership of the Prime Minister of the UK and Prime Minister of India we have been able to have a Home Secretary and a Home Minister in India in Amit Bhai, driving this agenda forward. It is big, it is significant and it’s a landmark agreement that will provide new opportunities to thousands of young people in the UK and in India seeking to live, work and really benefit from each other’s cultures but also professional opportunities that both our countries have to offer,” mentioned the Gujarati-origin minister.

“It’s significant because over decades Britain has been enriched with the diaspora community and the links we have with India but at the same time, the Migration and Mobility Partnership builds upon the new benefits of the points-based immigration system will give to India through the exchanges of skilled migration,” she added.

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