UK to withdraw illegal migrants to India, visa for young workers instead

Migration has long been a source of friction between the two countries. (File)

New Delhi:

Britain and India signed an agreement on migration and mobility on Tuesday, a Foreign Ministry official said, as they look to deepen economic, cultural and other ties following Britain’s departure from the European Union.

The pact will provide employment opportunities for 3,000 young Indian professionals every year, in return for which India will agree to withdraw any of its citizens who are living illegally in the UK, Sandeep Chakraborty told a news conference.

The migration agreement came after the two countries announced 1 billion pounds ($ 1.39 billion) of private sector investment. Negotiations on the full trade deal are scheduled to begin in the autumn.

“It is our duty that Indian nationals who are unspecified, or in distress abroad and are not being granted nationality or residence permits, have to be withdrawn,” Chakraborty said.

The UK Interior Ministry said in a statement that the deal was “the best and the brightest, and aimed at attracting people coming into Britain through legal routes, while preventing the abuse of the system and removing those Speed ​​up, those who have no rights in uk “.

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

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

Tens of thousands of Indians study in the UK every year, and New Delhi has complained of lack of employment opportunities upon completing their studies.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed his British counterpart Boris Johnson during a telephone conversation about the status of two fugitive tycoons, Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, who are wanted and believed to be from New Delhi on charges of fraud Is that they are in the UK.

Mr Johnson said he faced some “legal hurdles”, but was committed to bringing the pair back to India as soon as possible, Mr Chakraborty said.

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