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In News: The Home ministry overrules a statement by Minister for Urban Development decision that 1,100 Rohingya refugees in Delhi would be shifted to flats meant for the economically weaker sections.

  • MHA also said that it had issued orders that the shanty town where the Rohingya were now living in be designated a detention centre, pending the deportation of all hundreds of people living there.

Who are Rohingyas?

  • The Rohingyas are the predominantly Muslim ethnic minority group with Bengali dialect.
  • An estimated 800,000 Rohingyas lived in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State.
  • They were not regarded as one of the country’s 135 official ethnic groups and were denied citizenship under Myanmar’s 1982 Citizenship Law.

India’s position on Rohingya immigrants:

  • India considers Rohingya refugees as illegal foreigners.
    • MHA has already taken up the matter of their deportation with the concerned country through the ministry of external affairs (MEA).
  • India is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention relating to the status of refugees and the 1967 protocol
  • All foreign nationals (including refuge seekers) are governed by the provisions contained in:
    • The Foreigners Act, 1946, The Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939, The Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and The Citizenship Act, 1955.
  • Hence, foreign nationals who enter the country without valid travel documents are treated as illegal migrants.

Source: The Hindu

Indian Express


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