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'India must frame a clear migration policy'

world Updated: Dec 14, 2008 15:13 IST
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India must frame a clear migration policy and enact a legislation at the central level to check illegal trafficking, human smuggling and thriving immigration businesses, leading Indian lawyers have said.

Emphasising at a Conference on "The Future of Migration" held at the Wilton Park in West Sussex by Indian representatives Anil Malhotra and his brother Ranjit Malhotra, leading Chandigarh-based Supreme Court lawyers.

In a paper presented at the three-day conference, they noted that besides a substantial outbound immigration, "India now has a noticeable inward return migration."

"Regardless, India learning from its experience of other nations needed to consolidate its inputs and frame a clear migration policy both to determine its inflow and check its outflow."

They identified four specific areas-- framing of a Uniform Federal Law, inaction of consolidated work permit regime, awareness about illegal immigration and establishing duly managed migration channels as remedies to check thriving illegal immigration business.

Anil Malhotra told PTI last night the delegates attached a lot of importance to remittance and repatriation of funds from migrants to their parent countries.

"There was a clear thought of trail and linkage on this aspect of the matter, and it seem to run in a consistent pattern like the Great Wall of China, throughout the entire conference," Malhotra said. At the same time masses must be educated to find self employment with education in India.

About 70 delegates from 35 countries including USA, UK, China, Canada and India, attended the conference covering issues relating to migration policies, themes.