Illegal migration: Canada seeks Punjab cooperation

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 19:55

Chandigarh: Canada today today sought Punjab
government`s cooperation to address the issues of fraudulent
visa cases that had created a major problem for both Canadian
and Indian governments.

Consul General of Canada Scot Slessor, immediately after
assuming office, called on Badal at the Chief Minister`s
residence here, an official spokesman said.

Slessor told the Chief Minister that Canadian Minister
for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney
would visit Chandigarh on September 9 to interact with the top
brass of civil and police administration of Punjab to find a
permanent solution to curb illegal immigration.

Badal urged the Consul General to establish skill develop
Centre in collaboration with the state government and key
players from Canada to train our unemployed youth as per the
requirement of the industry in Canada on a pilot project
basis, which could be later replicated in all district

He said Punjabis by nature were very innovative and
enterprising and had already made their presence felt in the
Middle East, Europe and USA with enormous contribution towards
economic development and growth there.

He hoped this initiative would go a long way to check the
abuse of immigration for seeking greener pastures especially
by unemployed youth of Punjab who were often duped by fraud
travel agents and immigration consultants.


First Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 19:55

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