Illegal migration of people a cause of concern: Faleiro
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Last Updated: Friday, October 30, 2009, 22:16
Panaji: The illegal migration of people from the country is a major cause of concern, Eduardo Faleiro, Commissioner of NRI affairs in Goa and former minister of state, external affairs said on Friday.

"There is lot of illegal migration. People go to various countries on tourist visas and later start working there," Faleiro told reporters here.

He said that it is not only the Gulf countries where the people migrate illegally but they also go to other destinations including European countries.

Faleiro said that cutting down on fake travel agents and routing the emigration of people only through government agencies could stem the rot.

"We have signed MoU with Gulf countries which makes it mandatory for the people going there for jobs to pass through government agencies, he said.

The NRI Commissioner said that many people, who opt for jobs illegally, later get stuck in those countries as they have to surrender their passports to the employer. They are then left at the mercy of employer, he commented.

Faleiro, referring to voting rights of non resident Indians, said the right to vote has been accorded constitutional status. But, at present the NRIs cannot vote as they are not ordinarily resident in the constituency, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 30, 2009, 22:16

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