Why India will never allow a refugee to enter the country

India will allow refugees to enter India if they are eligible to do so, the Home Ministry has said.

This is to ensure the safety of refugees, said Home Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

This, he said, would be done after the visa office in New Delhi conducts a thorough and fair scrutiny process.

The government has set aside Rs1,000 crore to set up a resettlement agency for refugees in India and to build shelters for them in the country.

India has admitted more than 30,000 refugees over the past three years.

A separate government scheme for resettlement, to be implemented by next month, will provide resettlement and other services to about 50,000 asylum seekers.

India has admitted to taking about 30, 000 asylum seekers in the past two years.

The new scheme will provide the government with a cost-effective way of resettling those who have been stranded in India’s remote areas and are at risk of being sent back to conflict zones.

The plan also includes a three-day respite period for refugees.