India concerned over UK decision on immigration
The Government today strongly conveyed its concern to Britain over the country`s decision to impose a cap on immigration from non-European Union countries including India.
New Delhi: The Government today strongly
conveyed its concern to Britain over the country`s decision to
impose a cap on immigration from non-European Union countries
The issue figured prominently during talks Overseas
Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi held here with visiting
British Immigration Minister Damian Green.
Ravi told Green about the "historical ties" between
the two countries and requested him to ensure that Indian
students and professionals do not suffer because of the
changes in the immigration norms.
"Our views have been expressed to Green...I requested
him not to equate India with any other country. We have a
historical relationship and I told him about our concerns on
the issue," Ravi told reporters.
Justifying the new norms, Green, however, said British
Government will ensure that the new norms do not affect the
Indian business in the UK as well as the overall trade ties
between the two countries.
He said said the immigration into Britain has been
high in the last 10 years" and that it has put "pressures" on
the country`s public services.
"Immigration level has been too high over the last 10
years that has put pressures on our public services and some
areas of our society...One of the things I am extremely keen
is to cut down anything that gives rise to political
extremism, anything that gives rise to any kind of racism," he
Green, who is currently on a three-day visit to India,
said a "properly controlled immigration system" will benefit
all sections including the Indian-origin community. "Our
overall approach is very clear. Britain benefits from the
immigration... But we will be able to attain full benefit if
it is properly controlled."
Both the sides also discussed ways to control illegal
migration and decided to continue the dialogue in future also
to address issues related to migration.
The coalition government in UK had promised a cap on
immigration from non-EU nations which will be coming into
force from April 2011.