India does have a refugee problem (The Hindu, GS-2)

India does have a refugee problem (The Hindu, GS-2)

Context– Issue of refugee in india and currently issue of Myanmar’s people

  • India has emphatically argued over time
  • illegal immigration is a threat to the socio-political fabric of any country
  • Issue is about illigal immigration

Ambiguity in the framework

  • our policies towards illegal immigrants and refugees is confused
  • both categories of people are covered under the Foreigners Act, 1946.
  • absence of such a legal framework also leads to policy ambiguity
  • domestic politicisation of refugee protection 
  • India is not being a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention

Way forward

  • New domestic law needed
    • allow for temporary shelter and work permit for refugees
    • distinction between temporary migrant workers and illegal immigrants and refugee.

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