India to deport Rohingya

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A file photo shows Junior interior minister Kiren Rijiju (R) in a press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wiki Commons CC BY-SA

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – All of an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India are illegal immigrants, even those registered with the UN refugee agency, and the government aims to deport them, a senior government official said. Junior interior minister Kiren Rijiju told parliament last week the central government had directed state authorities to identify and deport illegal immigrants including Rohingya. Mr Rijiju said at the weekend the UNHCR registration was irrelevant. “We are not signatory to the accord on refugees,” he said. “As far as we are concerned they are all illegal immigrants.”

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