How are Rohingya deported?

Rohingya are the vulnerable group who don’t have their own nation. They aren’t even considered citizens of their nation. They are mostly Muslim who fled to Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and few more countries including India to protect them from attacks in Myanmar.

Rohingya hail from the Rakhine province of west Myanmar and they speak a Bengali dialect. But Myanmar has classified Rohingya as resident foreigners or associate citizens.

In Dec 2017, Kiren Rijiju stated that around 40,000 Rohingya live in India and only 16,000 are registered with the UN refugee agency and around 5,700 lives in Jammu, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana, U.P, Delhi, and Rajasthan.

Process Of deportation

Illegal immigrants are detected, detained and deported under the provisions of Passport Act, 1920 or the Foreigners Act, 1946 because India isn’t a signatory to the 1951 Un convention relating to the Status of Refugees and 1967 Protocol.

The power to identify and deport illegal immigrants is vested in the hands of state governments and UTs.

When any foreigner who is staying illegally in India is apprehended by Police, is produced before local court.

In the court, if the accused is found guilty then he shall be imprisoned for 3 months to 8 years.

When they complete their sentence, the court orders their deportation, while they stay in the detention centre till the country of origin verifies and accepts them.

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