Clarification Regarding India’s Migration Policy
There have been some press reports on briefings by Australian Minister of Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison on the issue of 157 persons who are held up at sea off the shores of Australia and his interactions with the Indian Minister for Home Affairs Shri Rajnath Singh and Minister for External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on 23 July 2014. India has a policy of not supporting illegal migration either into India or anywhere outside India. During the visit of Minister Morrison to India, the Indian authorities have clearly conveyed to the Australian side that the first requirement is to provide consular access to Indian High Commission officials in Australia to the persons. India’s policy is to accept return of Indian citizens and other persons whose return it is obligated to accept under applicable Indian domestic law. As per current policy, India will take back its own nationals provided the consular access clearly determines their origin.