ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

Illegal Immigration and Institutional Failures

It is important to address the feeling of hopelessness that is driving many Indians to illegally migrate abroad.

On 21 December 2023, a charter flight heading to Nicaragua from Dubai with 303 Indians on board was stopped in France on suspicion of human trafficking. The plane was stuck in France for four days as neither Nicaragua nor the United Arab Emirates agreed to host it. The Indian authorities then persuaded the passengers to come back home. The plane arrived in Mumbai on 26 December but with only 276 passengers. Twenty-five of the passengers had applied for asylum in France. The French authorities dropped the investigation of human trafficking on 27 December after the passengers told them that they had willingly boarded the flight and embarked on this journey.

Nicaragua, a Central American country, is geographically close to the United States (US) and has relatively lax entry policies for travellers from many countries that face visa restrictions elsewhere. Nicaragua serves as a convenient location for immigrants from India desiring to cross over to the US from its southern borders. The freezing environment of the USCanada border discourages many immigrants from attempting to illegally enter the US via Canada, however, that route continues to be relied upon. In January 2022, the dead and frozen bodies of four members of a family from Gujarat were found lying in Canadas Manitoba, just 12 metres away from the US border. This tragic incident exemplified the dire risks being taken by certain Indian individuals and families in their desire to reach countries like the US, the United Kingdom (UK), and Canada through illegal donkey routes.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Or

To gain instant access to this article (download).


Pay
INR 59

(Readers in India)


Pay
$ 6

(Readers outside India)

Published On : 9th Mar, 2024

Support Us

Your Support will ensure EPW’s financial viability and sustainability.

The EPW produces independent and public-spirited scholarship and analyses of contemporary affairs every week. EPW is one of the few publications that keep alive the spirit of intellectual inquiry in the Indian media.

Often described as a publication with a “social conscience,” EPW has never shied away from taking strong editorial positions. Our publication is free from political pressure, or commercial interests. Our editorial independence is our pride.

We rely on your support to continue the endeavour of highlighting the challenges faced by the disadvantaged, writings from the margins, and scholarship on the most pertinent issues that concern contemporary Indian society.

Every contribution is valuable for our future.