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Aus Immigration Minister Chris Evans to visit India

In yet another attempt to 'reassure' Indians of their safety Down Under, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans will leave here today on a visit to India.

world Updated: Jul 19, 2009 15:15 IST

In yet another attempt to “reassure” Indians of their safety Down Under, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans will leave here today on a visit to India.

Evans will meet Minister for overseas Indian affairs Vayalar Ravi apart from other officials during his visit to New Delhi, according to sky TV channel here.

“There’s been a lot of concern inside India and there’s been, I think, some fairly hysterical reporting of what’s occurred,” he said adding, “Part of what I intend to do on this visit is to try and reassure Indians that we’re a safe place to study, that we’re a multicultural society and we don’t have racist attitudes to people.

“Indian people are welcome to work and study in Australia” Evans said.

He said that so far there has been no evidence of a decline in Indian student applications and recent figures have shown that the demand from students in India has continued to be strong and, in fact, grew a little bit in June.

Evans is also scheduled to visit Sri Lanka to discuss migration and human trafficking issues.