India eyes EU agreement to supply manpower

Sriperumbudur (TN): Attempting to capitalise on the "ageing population" in the European countries, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has said it is trying to sign an agreement with the European Union to supply manpower.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the International Seminar on 'Young People and Migration' at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development here.

"There is an ageing population in Europe. It is a problem faced by them. So they need young people to work, so we are talking to them that we have any number of people - doctors, engineers, professors. We will continue to see that the young people get to go abroad," Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said here.

The minister said that the Indian Council of Overseas Employees (ICOE), a unit under the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs was trying to sign an agreement with the EU for legal migration of the young people to the European countries and it has already signed agreements with Denmark and others.

Ravi added that remittances made to the country through Indians working abroad last year was 57 billion US dollars. "Remittance has gone up from 53, 54 to 57 billion USD. Year before last, it was 54.5 or something. So, it has gone up."

Intending to ensure legal migration flowing out of the country, he said: "(Amendments to) Immigration Regulation Act, 1983 is pending. Some concerned ministries are to get approval... so I want to change the whole thing and make it a new bill, which will be help more in legal migration." The Act would be amended to bring within legal ambit all the exigencies covering the Immigration processes, he said.