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Government of India
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
14-December-2011 17:32 IST
Deportation of Overseas Indian Workers
Government of India

The information received indicates that Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) among the Gulf Countries, have deported most of the workers. The details of Indian workers deported by different countries along with reasons for their deportation as received from Indian Missions is given in the Annexure. 

 

The Indian Workers Resource Centre is providing information and counselling in legal, financial and psychological matters to distressed Indians.  The Centre has a computerized application to register and track all the information filed and to provide possible solutions.  Whenever necessary, counselling by experts is also provided.  A 24x7 multilingual toll free helpline is in operation since November, 2010 at the Centre to help Indian workers.

 

The Government has taken several steps to address the issue of Indian emigrants who become illegal emigrants and to mitigate the difficulties of those rendered illegal or subjected to deportation. These, inter-alia, include: -

(i) Nation-wide awareness campaigns through the media to educate intending emigrants about legal emigration procedures, the risk of illegal migration and precautions to be taken during emigration.

(ii) An Overseas Workers Resource Centre (OWRC) which is a 24-hour telephone helpline operating in eight languages, provides authentic information to emigrants as well as intending emigrants on all aspects of emigration.

(iii) The Government has established an Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) in all countries to provide onsite support to affected emigrants. The Indian missions provide all necessary assistance for the return/deportation of illegal emigrants.

(iv) The Government has signed MOUs with seven major labour- receiving countries to establish an institutional framework for bilateral cooperation for the protection and welfare of workers.  

 

Annexure regarding Deportation of Indian Workers:

 

S. No

Indian Mission/Country

No. of deportees

Reason

1.

Frankfurt, Germany

43

In 2010, 43 Indian nationals staying without proper travel document were deported during 2010.

2.

Birmingham,  United Kingdom

97

On the request of UK Border Agency.

3.

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

02

Immoral Activity

4.

Muscat, Oman

14100

(Year-2010)

550

(Year 2011)

In 2010, 600 Indians were deported from the local jails and 13500 were deported under the Amnesty Scheme.  In 2011, 550 persons have been deported by the jail authorities.

5.

Beirut, Lebanon

17

Illegal stay/entry

6.

Seoul, South Korea

17

Overstaying/illegal immigrants

7.

Kuwait

195

Registration of absconding cases by the sponsor/expiry of residency/ theft charges

8.

Darussalam, Brunei

04

Overstay

9.

Singapore

608

Various crime

10.

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

47,843

Amnesty scheme

11.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

1008

The exact number of workers deported is not provided by the UAE authorities.  However, during 2011(upto 8th Dec) 1008 Emergency Certificate were issued to Indians, in jails pending deportation and also to workers who approached the mission voluntarily.  The reason for deportation are illegal entry, over stay on visa, arrest on punishable offence under the local law and completion of jail terms. 

12.

Bahrain

-

Government of Bahrain does not share information about deportees.

13.

Qatar

-

Government of Qatar does not share information about deportees.

14.

Jordan

240

Dispute between management and the workers.

15.

Seychells

31

Not holding a valid permit / failure to comply with the lawful requirements to enter the country.

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This information was given by the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri Vayalar Ravi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today

 

PKM