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'Enact laws to crack down on illegal immigration'

Published: 09th January 2013 09:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th January 2013 12:06 PM   |  A+A-

Canada has been pressing for a legislative framework in India, to crack down on illegal immigration and fraudulent immigration consultants, on the lines of an almost similar Canadian legislation, said Jason Kenney, Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, here on Tuesday. However, India is yet to implement the same, he said.   “We have come up with the Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act and  Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act.

I have been asking Minister Vayalar Ravi to formulate similar laws to reign in illegal immigration consultants. But, India is yet to come up with a legislative framework along these lines,” said Jason Kenney.Speaking to ‘Express’ on the sidelines of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Kenney pointed out that India is the second largest source of migrant manpower in Canada after the Philippines. Annually, around 25,000 Indians   move to Canada for the purpose of  settling there.

“Looking at the profile of migrant population from India, there are more people from Punjab than from southern states like Kerala. We  would encourage more number of Malayalis to come to Canada and experience our hospitality.  We need more IT professionals to come and settle in our country,” he said to a query   on Canada’s pro-immigration policies.

Later speaking at a session at PBD, Minister Jason Kenney said that Canada always tries to promote cultural pluralism.

India has been promoting cultural pluralism and hence there's mutual respect. "Here's a country which had a Muslim President, has a Sikh Prime Minister and a Catholic leader heading a major party," Kenney said referring to Indian leaders.



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