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Monday, February 21, 2011

Great Britain issues 20,000 extra visas to Indian workers


According to recent reports, Britain is set to welcome 20,000 extra Indian workers annually as part of a secretive trade deal brokered by the European Union (EU).

According to the EU-India Free Trade Agreement, European nations will issue India between 35,000 and 50,000 visas in return for four billion pounds worth of trade.

On the other hand, India is demanding up to 20,000 of them should be provided by Britain, with only 7,000 asked of Germany and 3,000 from France. Estonia is expected to accept just 19 individuals.


The agreement is expected to be signed later this year. The 20,000 will not count towards the coalition's pledge to cap net immigration at 'tens of thousands'. Britain's unemployment stands at 2.5 million.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: "The secrecy surrounding this deal has gone on long enough. This scheme makes a nonsense of efforts to limit economic migration."

A spokesman for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, told The Sunday Telegraph: "Strict criteria are being negotiated to ensure there is a focus on highly-skilled and highly-qualified professionals entering the UK temporarily."

Nearly 30,000 workers came to Britain from India in 2010. Two thirds of them travelled as part of the intra-company transfer scheme. They are except from the coalition's interim immigration cap.

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