Canada raises issue of illegal migration, unscrupulous agents

Canada today sought deeper cooperation from India in checking illegal migration and combating unscrupulous agents involved in defrauding Indians wanting to go to that country for greener pastures.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 22:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Canada today sought deeper
cooperation from India in checking illegal migration and
combating unscrupulous agents involved in defrauding Indians
wanting to go to that country for greener pastures.

The issue was taken up by Canada`s Minister for
Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney during a meeting
with Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi.

Noting that the number of visas issued by Canada had
gone up significantly in the last one year, Kenny said the
Canadian High Commission and its consulates receive "a great
deal of fraudulent visa applications" which is a matter of
concern.

"We had a very good discussion about challenges that
we are facing in respect of immigration of Indians to Canada.
I am here for a closer partnership with India in this regard
and to combat unscrupulous immigration agents," the Canadian
Minister said.

Ravi told Kenney that New Delhi was in the process of
setting up an immigration management authority to make the
process transparent and foolproof.

"We both agreed that illegal migration and human
smuggling must be checked," Ravi said.

Asked about Canada rejecting visa applications of a
number of Indians in recent months, Kenney, who is on a
three-day visit here, said the authorities approve visas to
anyone who is a bonafide traveler.

"Of course some applications were rejected. Sometime
people feel that decisions taken are wrong. We ask them to
understand that we are operating in a difficult environment,"
he said.

The Canadian Minister said the number of student visas
had doubled in the last two years and that the approval rate
for visas to Indians had gone up significantly.

"We have created a new service for major employers
that have business travel back and forth. We have over a
million Canadians of Indian origin. Immigration from India
is continuing to grow by about 15 per cent," he said.

-PTI