India on Thursday said that brain drain through educational emigration and direct outflow of qualified professionals is a cause of concern for all the BRICS nations as it leads to a significant loss of highly qualified labour force.
Speaking at the first ministerial meeting of the head of migration authorities of BRICS countries in Sochi, Russia, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that all the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — face serious problems related to illegal migration from the neighbouring countries.
As a result, there have been instances where the immigrants, especially illegal ones, acted as a destabilising factor to spread ethnic tensions and riots, and sometimes these issues become highly emotive and threaten the basis fabric of society, he said. India has witnessed large-scale illegal migration and its impact on the socio-economic and cultural fabric of the society, he added.
At the round table on “New strategies of management migration as the key to a successful development of society”, the minister said illegal migration, coupled with human trafficking, drugs, weapons smuggling and hawala trade, poses a serious threat to stability and said India pursues a policy of zero tolerance for illegal migration. He pointed out the steps taken by the government to streamline migration processes such as launching of the e-Migrate Project and online emigration clearance. Stating that migration flow is unstoppable in the era of globalisation, Rijiju pushed for liberalised visa regimes.