Influx of illegal immigrants into India via Bangladesh continues

2nd April 2024 – Illegal immigrants enter India, obtain fake identity documents at times, and also engage in illegal activities. There have been many cases in the past when these illegal immigrants were found involved in human trafficking rackets, illegal drug trade, and other criminal activities involving theft, assault, and other cases, causing problems for the Indian civilians and administration. And alarmingly, several of the left-leaning people or anti-social elements extend support and help to these immigrants.

Despite the Indian Government’s efforts and actions, the constant rush of illegal immigrants into India through Bangladesh continues. In the past ten days, several such cases have been reported from various parts of the country where Bangladeshis entered India illegally. However, the immigrants were identified and immediately nabbed by the Indian administration.

In 2023, the Supreme Court also noted that the ‘unlimited influx’ of illegal migrants from Bangladesh not only changed demographics but also posed a burden on resources meant for Indian citizens. “On one hand, we do not have an open border through which anybody from Bangladesh can come and settle anywhere in India. At the same time, if we do not take action to curb illegal migration, then it causes all these problems in India … The feeling in India that infrastructure is limited, education is limited, public hospitals are limited … We cannot allow an unlimited influx”, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud was quoted as saying.

Apart from this, illegal immigrants also contribute to the destruction of the local cultural identity within the country which is an equally serious concern. India evidently needs to have a policy or a law to completely stop the influx of illegal immigrants.