Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had today emphasized on the need for a legal framework to address the issues pertaining to immigration and refugees. While speaking at a panel discussion after the launch of a book ‘The Politics of Migration: Indian Emigration in a Globalised World,’ he has expressed disappointment over the merging of External Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and said an MoS rank official should handle the issues of these two parties.
“We have been very hospitable and very open, but it’s rather very bizarre that a democracy, which even has a seat on UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Executive Committee, has failed to write itself a refugee law and put a legal frame work to it,” Mr. Tharoor said.
The former Minister of States foe External Affairs Ministry said he had proposed a refugee law in a private members bill in the last session, and has also been in correspondence with the Minister of External Affairs (Sushma Swaraj) on Foreign Immigration. “An immigration Policy must be codified into a law. At the moment our laws and policies are in grave danger of being out of date,” Tharoor said.
The MP said he has also written very concretely that the Standing Committee on Parliament on Foreign Affairs should be consulted before the government springs any Bill on the nation.
The Indian diaspora is one of the largest and in 2014-15 alone they contributed sent around USD 70 billion through remittance.