The number of illegal Indian migrants being deported from the UK is set to soar under a major deal signed yesterday.
At least 40,000 undocumented migrants from the subcontinent are living in Britain, but the figure may be as high as 100,000, according to Home Office estimates.
As part of the deal, the UK will accept more students and talented young people from India.
The Mobility and Migration Agreement will also allow young Britons to work in India. Home Secretary Priti Patel signed the deal with India’s foreign minister. She said the ‘landmark agreement’ would provide new opportunities for young Britons and Indians to ‘live, work and experience each other’s cultures’.
But she added: ‘This agreement will also ensure the British Government can remove those with no right to be in UK more easily and crack down on those abusing our system.’ Deportations to India stand at 2,000 a year, but insiders believe they could soon hit tens of thousands.
The deal, the first of its kind, was signed by Miss Patel and India’s foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar yesterday.
Under the deal, Delhi has agreed to make it easier to provide travel documents for Indian nationals living illegally in the UK, as well as increasing the timescale for deportations.
Young professionals aged 18 to 30 from both countries will be able to gain work visas for up to two years.
More Indian nationals will also be able to study here.
According to most recent data, more than 53,000 students from India came to the UK to study last year, up 42 per cent on the previous year.