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Indian immigrants complain of harassment at British airports

Indian immigrants, with permanent residency rights in the UK, have complained of being harassed and "treated like criminals" by British immigration officers on returning to the country from trips abroad, a forum representing highly skilled workers has claimed.

world Updated: Jun 23, 2009 14:58 IST

Indian immigrants, with permanent residency rights in the UK, have complained of being harassed and "treated like criminals" by British immigration officers on returning to the country from trips abroad, a forum representing highly skilled workers has claimed.

"Migrants from India and other Non-European Economic Area countries are being treated like criminals by immigration officers at airports, when re-entering Britain," Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) Forum, said in a statement in London.

Citing an instance, it said a doctor working in National Health Service for the past nine years, Dr Sujit Nair, reported on his experience when he recently returned from holiday in India.

Dr Nair said, "the immigration officer at Glasgow Airport bombarded me with questions which was subsequently followed up by a police officer, despite having an Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent residency) in the UK. On both the occasions I felt very intimidated and unwelcome."

The Forum said similar complaints had come from non-EU immigrants, but a majority were from Asians.