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Over 2 cr illegal immigrants living in India: Govt

New Delhi: Over two crore illegal immigrants are living in India, most of whom are from the sub-continent, government said.

Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs Joint Secretary G Gurucharan said over 20 million illegal immigrants are living in the country.

“You cannot identify a person by ethnicity. A Sri Lankan Tamil can pass as one from Chennai and a Punjabi-speaking person can be a Pakistani. Likewise a Bengali-speaking person can be a Bangaldeshi,” he told a workshop on illegal immigration.

“India has over 20 million illegal immigrants living,” he said.

To a question on the rise in incidents of women being pushed into India from Nepal, he said, “We have a porous border with Nepal. In such cases like people being forced into sex trade, the help of civil societies is needed.”

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