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Illegal Indian migrants flee Britain

There is a rise in the number of illegal Indian migrants seeking official help to return to India.

world Updated: May 14, 2012 02:50 IST

Amidst a tougher immigration regime under the David Cameron government, dwindling job opportunities and double-dip recession, many Indian citizens who entered Britain illegally to chase their ‘London Dreams’ are returning home, official figures show.

As a newly-formed task force moves to clear 'slums' with illegal immigrants in Southall and elsewhere, the figures show an increase in the number of such Indians (who entered the country illegally) seeking official help to return to India.

For many Indian citizens who brave hazardous journeys across continents and wily human traffickers with hopes of a better life, their dreams often turns into a nightmare, and are reduced to living in slum-like conditions here.

The number of those returning may be small compared to the overall number of illegal immigrants, but the figures show a rise since 2009, reflecting action by the UK Border Agency as well as a willingness to return home.

First Published: May 14, 2012 00:39 IST