NEW DELHI, Oct 8 - Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that illegal migration, coupled with human trafficking, drugs and weapons smuggling and hawala trade, pose serious threat to stability of nations.
In his opening address to the first Ministerial Meeting of the Head of Migration authorities of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) countries and the round-table on �New Strategies of Management Migration as the Key to a Successful Development of Society� in Sochi, Russia today, Rijiju said India is committed against illegal migration and will continue to take steps to curb it.
He said all BRICS countries encounter serious problems related to illegal migration from the neighbouring countries, along with issues related to human trafficking/smuggling, which is associated with the expansion of people from outside the legal framework, proliferation of organised crime, corruption, child abuse and other types of exploitation of human beings.
Not only this, human trafficking rackets have increasingly been in league with drugs and weapons smuggling, which create serious security breaches, along with illegal financial transfers in financing various illegal activities, including terrorism, he added.
While underlying the positive impact of migration, Rijiju pointed out the pressure posed by illegal migration on the labour market and social fabric. He said large scale immigration leads to the fear of erosion of local culture, ethnicity and religious unity of the receiving society. As a result, there have been instances wherein the immigrants, especially the illegal ones, acted as an important destabilising factor for spreading ethnic tension and riots. Sometimes these issues become highly emotive and threaten the fabric of the society. India has witnessed large scale illegal migration and its impact on socioeconomic and cultural fabric of the society, he added.
Exhorting the benefits of migration and mobility, Rijiju said emigration in the form of large scale long term brain drain, both through the educational emigration and the direct outflow of qualified professionals, leads to a significant loss of highly qualified labour force, which is a cause of concern for all of us.
Rijiju said that the migration dynamics in the five BRICS countries is probably such that they are playing three potential roles in the world migration chain. Each country is a source, destination or is being used as launching pad for departure to some third countries, he added.