Delhi and West Bengal havens for illegal Bangladeshi migrants
New Delhi: Better job opportunities, easy
access and dense population are some of the reasons why
Bangladeshi migrants choose to take shelter in West Bengal and
According to a latest Home Ministry data, a total of
3,815 Bangladeshis in Delhi and 5,725 in West Bengal were
deported during 2008. Police had identified 1,600 illegal
migrants in Maharashtra, 560 in Tripura and 291 in Rajasthan
during the period.
Official sources said the national capital and some
cities, including Kolkata, in West Bengal act as a haven for
illegal Bangladeshi nationals.
According to Delhi Police, thousands of illegal
Bangladeshi migrants have taken shelter in the city. At least
five of them are detained everyday from different parts of the
"We cannot deny the problem of illegal Bangladeshi
migrants in Delhi. Most of them are involved in crimes. Police
frequently launch special drives for their deportation," a
senior police officer said.
Around 945 Bangladeshis have already been deported from
Delhi between January and July this year, while nearly 18,742
migrants have been deported since 2005, police said.
According to the Home Ministry, a total of 12,625
Bangladeshis have been deported from various states and Union
Territories during 2008.