The report said that around 250 Indian migrants have crossed the English Channel this year risking their lives through small nakas. This number is 233 more than those who crossed the English Channel last year. In this way, Indian citizens are in third place after Afghan and Syrian citizens in this matter. The report claimed, ‘One theory behind this is being told to Serbia’s visa-free travel rule for Indians. Home Office officials believe that through this the door of entry to Europe has been opened.
Sanam Arora, president of the body representing Indian students in the UK, said, “This is very disturbing to hear and it is the first time NISAU (National Indian Students and Alumni Union) has heard of such activity.” A report was released last year by the UK Home Ministry, which contained the details of the first six months of the year 2022. It was said that about 51 percent of the people of the three countries who crossed the English Channel by small boat, 18 percent of Afghanistan, 18 percent of Albania and 15 percent of Iran. The names of Indians were nowhere in the figures for these six months.
Reputation will be hurt
According to Sanam Arora, Indian students are law abiding students. They work hard and there is concern that this report will damage their reputation. According to him, if this report is true then it will have a bad effect on the whole community. Indian students are considered a strong link between India and the UK relationship.