India for `zero tolerance` policy towards illegal migration

India has said that the countries world over should adopt "zero tolerance" policy towards illegal migration.

Updated: Dec 02, 2009, 18:34 PM IST

Panaji: India has said that the countries
world over should adopt "zero tolerance" policy towards
illegal migration.

"All countries should adopt a zero tolerance policy
towards illegal migration, smuggling and trafficking. There
should be strong laws and framework, which executes strict
action against illegal travel agents and intermediates,"
Indian Ministry of Overseas Affairs Joint Secretary G
Gurucharan told reporters here yesterday.

"Combating irregular migration is everyone`s
responsibility and it requires institutional response which is
neither unilateral nor uni-dimensional," Gurucharan said after
the 8th Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) of Directors General of
immigration on management of migratory flows.

The conference, in which 30 countries had taken part,
took a strong viewpoint on illegal migration, he said.

"It was suggested in the meet that there should be
inter-country and inter-regional cooperation in an
institutional manner," he said.

Trying to get to the root cause of the issue, the meeting
recommended that awareness drive should be held in risk-prone
areas which are vulnerable to illegal migration, he said.

"It was emphasised the need to go to rural areas in
Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and other
states, which are identified as risk areas from where there is
possibility of human trafficking," Gurucharan said.

The delegates in the conference stressed upon bilateral
cooperation to speed up the process of identification of
illegal migrants and their return to the country of origin.

"For this, various countries need to join hands and take
all the stakeholders into confidence. It was deliberated on
how to have international cooperation for the cause," he said.

"It is not enough to create awareness on illegal
migration, but also ensure that there the avenues of legal
migration should be provided. The concept of migrant resource
centre was also deliberated during the conference," Gurucharan

Measures to curb illegal migration

Immigration officials of European and
Asian countries today commissioned a joint study to ascertain
the causes of illegal migration and suggest measures to curb

"India will be the focal point to receive the feedback
from various countries under this project, which will study
the trend of illegal migration amongst various nations," G
Gurucharan, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Overseas Indian
Affairs, who chaired the conference, told reporters.

The two-day conference of 8th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
of Director Generals of Immigration on management of migration
ended today. It was attended by over 60 delegates from 30
Asian and European countries, who deliberated on the
increasing trend of irregular migration between countries.

"The study will focus on how irregular migration takes
place, what`s the manner in which it occurs and what specific
steps can be taken to prevent it," Gurucharan explained.

The conference set a deadline of January next year for
ASEM member countries to pitch in with their suggestions on
the topic, which is raising much concern among various
developed and even developing nations.

The countries also decided to launch a pilot project
which will deal with skill training and standardisation of
testing mechanism.

Gurucharan said the participants emphasised that there
should be independent certification and uniform acceptance for
certified skills.