India rejects UK’s DNA test plan for finding illegal migrants’ nationality

• India has rejected a proposal of the United Kingdom to use DNA sampling to establish the nationality of illegal migrants living there, citing ‘privacy issues.’

• Although a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the return of illegal migrants was initialled, after the due approval of the Union Cabinet.

• As per the original MoU, security agencies in India were to verify the antecedents of illegal migrants without documents in the UK within 72 days and those with documents within 15 days. If no report was given within the stipulated time frame, the illegal migrant would be deported automatically.

• The agreement was put on indefinite hold after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval conveyed that the 15-day limit was unworkable.

• According to the British government’s estimates, there are around 1,00,000 Indians overstaying their visa in the UK.

• India has contested this, saying that as per their estimate, the number will not be more than 2,000.

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