India, UK launch migration and mobility pact for students, professionals
Every year, upto 3,000 young Indian professionals can avail employment opportunities in the UK for a period of 2 years
India and the UK have launched a comprehensive partnership on migration and mobility that will facilitate greater opportunities for the legal movement of students and professionals between the two countries.
The MoU on Migration and Mobility Partnership will also enhance cooperation between India and UK in combating illegal migration, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said after the virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday.
The MoU creates a new scheme for exchange of young professionals under which every year upto 3,000 young Indian professionals can avail employment opportunities in UK for a period of 2 years without being subject to labour market test.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in London to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting, met UK Home Secretary Priti Patel earlier in the day to sign the agreement.
The "living bridge" between India and the UK will get stronger as a result of the partnership, EAM Jaishankar said.
"A fruitful meeting this morning with Home Secretary @pritipatel. Signed the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement that would facilitate legal travel and encourage talent flows. The living bridge between India and U.K. will get stronger as a result," Jaishankar said on Twitter.
"This is an important outcome for the India-U.K. Virtual Summit that is due to commence shortly," the Indian External Affairs Minister added.