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Maitrayee Guha asked: What steps should India take to tackle the problem of Illegal Immigration?

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  • Namrata Goswami replies: India can take three specific steps to tackle the problem of Illegal Immigration:

    1. India needs to fence its borders especially on its eastern side. Border posts must be established and professionalism of the border security forces need to be upgraded.
    2. Work permits can be issued to those from neighbouring countries wanting to work in India.
    3. Bilateral arrangements with neighbouring countries need to worked out so that illegal immigration is checked from both sides of the international border. States like Assam, Tripura, and Mizoram should be an integral part of a unified border management institution.