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Britain most favoured destination for Indians seeking political asylum

The government of India believes that asylum seekers, while applying for asylum to a foreign government, denigrate the system in India to obtain personal gains despite the fact that India, being a democratic country, provides avenues for everyone to redress their grievances lawfully, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said. Photo: Hindustan TimesPremium
The government of India believes that asylum seekers, while applying for asylum to a foreign government, denigrate the system in India to obtain personal gains despite the fact that India, being a democratic country, provides avenues for everyone to redress their grievances lawfully, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said. Photo: Hindustan Times

Nearly 3,000 Indians have sought asylum in the UK in recent years; Germany second most popular destination with 1,100 requests in past three years

New Delhi: Almost 3,000 Indians have sought political asylum in Britain in recent years, making it the favoured destination of Indians seeking refuge overseas, the ministry of external affairs disclosed in a statement to the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Germany was the second most popular destination for Indian asylum seekers with 1,100 requests in the past three years. In Asia, Japan was the most popular country of refuge, with 515 Indians seeking asylum there, the statement said.

Austria received requests from 190 Indians, France from 153, Sweden from 125, Italy from 100 and the Czech Republic from seven and Turkey from six, the statement said.

The data was based on information received from Indian missions and posts in those countries, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in a written response.

“Accurate data regarding the number of asylum applications and the actual number of people granted asylum is not available, as the foreign governments concerned cite inability to share such data due to privacy and data protection laws," she said in her statement.

“The government of India believes that asylum seekers, while applying for asylum to a foreign government, denigrate the system in India to obtain personal gains despite the fact that India, being a democratic country, provides avenues for everyone to redress their grievances lawfully," she said.

According to information provided by the UK home office, 107, 974 and 689 Indians sought asylum in Britain in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively. Only 21, 17 and 16 Indian nationals were granted asylum by the UK government in those three years.

The number of Indian asylum seekers in some countries, including the US, Canada, Belgium and Luxembourg, were not available as their governments do not disclose such information, the statement said.

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