UK wants Pakistan to take back migrants who overstayed visas
- The British government has asked Pakistan to take back its thousands of migrants.
- Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he recently discussed the said treaty with UK Home Secretary Sajid Javaid.
- Pakistan has the largest expat population in Europe that stands at about 1.2 million.
In a new significant development today, the British government has asked Pakistan to take back its thousands of migrants. The UK wants Islamabad to sign a treaty, allowing it to send back migrants with expired UK visas to their home country.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he recently discussed the said treaty with UK Home Secretary Sajid Javaid. Qureshi supports the measure and says that it will be helpful for Pakistanis looking to stay in the UK with visas.
”We have initiated dialogue on this. This will help those who are genuine visa applicants. This will help Pakistan” – said Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a press conference at Pakistan High Commission in London this Tuesday.
Qureshi said that the extradition treaty is also needed between the UK and Pakistan as it has been one of the biggest obstacles between both countries. He emphasized the need and significance of building on a prisoner swap arrangement, which already exists as well.
Tensions escalated between Britain and Pakistan back in 2018 when Britain declined to deport former Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar back to the home country. Britain cited the lack of an extradition treaty as the reason. Ishaq Dar was needed in Pakistan in connection to a graft probe.
How many immigrants are in the UK?
Though there are no official estimates on the figure but, a study led by the London School of Economics back in 2007 stated that the UK has about 544,000 irregular or undocumented immigrants in the UK. It must be noted that Pakistan has the largest expat population in Europe that stands at about 1.2 million.
The said figures are for the legal or documented residents. However, it is still unclear on how many illegal residents currently reside in the UK.
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