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India, UK agree to address challenges of illegal migrants

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India and the UK today agreed to address the challenges of illegal migrants at the First Home Affairs Dialogue held in New Delhi. The two sides agreed to work together to ensure smooth return of Indians overstaying in UK subject to nationality verification.

Both sides expressed satisfaction in matters relating to extradition of wanted persons. The process involved in matters of extradition and the need to further improve them, were also discussed. Both sides also agreed to enhance and strengthen further the bilateral cooperation and work towards formalising the arrangements.

Regarding criminal data sharing and strengthening cooperation in tackling serious and organized crimes, the two sides expressed their satisfaction in the existing level of cooperation.

India raised the issue of visa related difficulties faced by Indian students, skilled professional and dependents of Indian diplomats. UK side assured to looked into it and mentioned that it has been its constant endeavour to improve the visa process to promote people to people exchanges between the two countries.

The UK side also briefed about the progress regarding the registered travelling services and great club announcements which were made during UK Prime Minister’s visit in 2016.

Both India and UK laid emphasis on cooperation on anti- terrorism mechanism and to strengthen mutual support to check cyber crimes.

At the meeting, the Indian side was led by Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi and the UK delegation was led by Ms. Patsy Wilkinson, Second Permanent Secretary in Home Office. The meeting was held as a follow up of UK Prime Minister’s visit to India in November, 2016 and the commitment of the two Prime Ministers for enhanced and strengthened Dialogue.

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