In the last seven years, only 40,082 out of the 2 crore Bangladeshi immigrants living in India have been deported back to their country. This explosive information has come out from Union Minister of State, Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju’s recent statement in the Parliament. However, Rijiju also claimed that because of this illegal migration, no change in the demographics has taken place in States like Assam and West Bengal which share open border with Bangladesh.
Rijiju in his statement also said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill has been sent to the Joint Committee of Parliament. If this Bill gets amended, people from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi community who have been victims of religious persecution in India’s neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will get refuge in this country.
He said, ‘The main purpose of the Citizenship Amendment Bill is to change the definition of illegal migrants. Till now, we don’t have any report suggesting demographical change in Assam and West Bengal due to illegal migration. We are right now working on fencing our border with Bangladesh and are looking to complete this task within 2019.’