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India has 20 mn irregular migrants
NEW DELHI, May 13 (IANS):
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Published on 14 May. 2010 1:08 AM IST
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Fears about irregular migration are back to haunt India with the government figures showing that there are currently over 20 million such people who have sneaked into the country.
“There are over 20 million irregular migrants in India, which is more than the number of irregular migrants in both the European Union (EU) and the US,” said G Gurucharan, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), today at the National Stakeholder’s Workshop for Prevention of Irregular Migration.
The main purpose of organizing the “National Stakeholder’s workshop for Prevention of Irregular Migration” is to bring all stakeholders on the same platform to understand the genesis of irregular migration, discuss the real nature of the problem and to identify the measures required to tackle the problem and to promote safe and legal migration.
“Our open borders with Bangladesh and Nepal have placed us in a difficult situation with immigrants entering the country from there,” he said.
Studies by the United Nations Organisation on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) identify India as an important country of origin, transit and destination for migrant workers.
Though majority of migrants head mainly to Gulf countries and Malaysia, the trend shows a periodic increase in migration flows towards the US, Canada and EU member states.
The UNODC study also reveals that every year more than 20,000 young people from the States of Punjab and Haryana attempt irregular migration and the trend is spreading to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir too.
“Irregular migration cannot be dealt with in isolation in a macro-economic situation. Policies that the government adopts towards migration and immigration will significantly impact our ability to respond to the problem of irregular migration,” he added.
Zero tolerance’ to irregular migrants: govt

India will show “zero tolerance” to irregular migrants, an official of the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) said here Thursday.
“There will be zero tolerance towards the irregular migrants. We will have a new law coming which will be very effective,” said G. Gurucharan, joint secretary in the MOIA, at the national stake holder’s workshop for Prevention of Irregular Migration.
The government is introducing a new Emigration Management Bill, 2010, to fight irregular migration. The bill introduced in parliament will soon replace the Emigration Act, 1983.
Studies by the United Nations Organisation on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) identified India as an important country of origin, transit and destination for migrant workers.
Though majority of migrants head mainly to Gulf countries and Malaysia, the trend shows a periodic increase in migration flows towards the US, Canada and European Union member states.
The UNODC study also reveals that every year more than 20,000 young people from the states of Punjab and Haryana attempt irregular migration and the trend is spreading to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir too.
“The pillars to fight irregular migration are policy, partnership and purposive action which will ensure a proper legislative framework and effective administrative apparatus,” Gurucharan added.

 
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