Britain and India signed a migration and mobility deal on Tuesday, an Indian Foreign Ministry official said, as they seek to deepen their economic, cultural and other ties after the Kingdom leaves. -United European Union.
The pact will provide better employment opportunities for 3,000 young Indian professionals each year, in return for India agreeing to take back one of its citizens living illegally in the UK, Sandeep Chakravorty said in a statement. press conference.
The migration pact comes after the two countries announced 1 billion pounds ($ 1.39 billion) of private sector investment. Talks on a full trade deal are expected to begin in the fall. Read more
“It is our solemn duty that Indian nationals who are undocumented, or who are in distress abroad and who do not receive a nationality or residence permit, must be taken back,” Chakravorty said.
The UK Home Office said in a statement the deal was aimed at attracting “the best and the brightest, and supporting people coming to the UK through legal channels, while stopping abuses of the system. and speeding up the removal of those who do not have the right to be in the UK ”.
Migration has long been a source of friction between the two countries, with a similar proposition collapsing in 2018 due to disagreements.
At the time, London claimed that there were as many as 100,000 Indians living illegally in the UK, although New Delhi disputes this figure.
Tens of thousands of Indians study in the UK every year and New Delhi has complained about the lack of job opportunities available to them upon graduation.
Earlier on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed his British counterpart Boris Johnson in telephone discussions over the status of two fugitive Indian tycoons, Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, wanted by New Delhi on charges of fraud and suspected of being in the United Kingdom.
Johnson said he faced “legal hurdles” but vowed to extradite the couple to India as soon as possible, Chakravorty added.
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