India rejects UK provision on deporting illegal immigrants, seeks re-worked MoU

India has rejected the proposal to sign a Memorandum of Understanding put forth by the UK which deals with immigration and organised crime, and includes the provision of deporting alleged illegal Indian immigrants, The Indian Express reported.

According to the report, the UK was keen to sign the deal. However, Indian officials became the roadblock as they raised objections as previous cases of deportation from UK saw people from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, claiming themselves to be Indian, with the notion that they could be treated well.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK counterpat Theresa May. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK counterpat Theresa May. PTI

“In December last year, they provided a draft of the agreement, but (Indian) security agencies pointed out that some of the clauses were against Indians settled in UK,”

"Without any proper documents, it is very difficult to establish their country of origin,” the report quoted an official as saying.

The home ministry may opt for a joint re-drafting of the bi-lateral MoU.

According to the report, a delegation from the UK led by Patsy Wilkinson, second permanent secretary, British Home Office, who is also responsible for immigration policy, will meet Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi in New Delhi on Thursday.

Wilkinson will be in India as part of the first India-UK home affairs dialogue on 4 May.

India and the UK had in November 2016 agreed to start a strategic dialogue on home affairs issues covering areas like visas and organised crime even as they voiced concern over terrorism, which they saw as threat that was not a "limited security challenge" and whose arc spread "across nations and regions".

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: May 03, 2017 13:16 PM

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