The Indiangovernment Thursday admitted that there are 20 million irregular immigrants in the countryand said it will follow a policy of “zero tolerence” towards the phenomena.
“There are over 20 million irregular migrants in
“Our open borders with
Studies by the United Nations Organisation on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) identified
Though the majority of migrants head mainly to Gulf countries and
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
“Irregular migration cannot be dealt with in isolation in a macro-economic situation. Policies that the government adopts towards migration andimmigration will significantly impact our ability to respond to the problem of irregular migration,” Gurucharan added.
To fight the irregular migration, the government has taken a “zero-tolerance” approach.
“There will be zero tolerance towards the irregular migrants from thegovernment. We will have the new law coming in, which will be very effective,” said Gurucharan.
The new Emigration Management Bill, 2010, introduced in parliament will soon replace the Emigration Act, 1983, he added.