Thursday, February 15, 2007

Pakistan: Large-scale deportation from Europe likely

Large-scale deportation from Europe likely By Mubarak Zeb Khan

ISLAMABAD, Feb 14: The government on Wednesday approved the much-awaited ‘re-admission agreement’ which will empower the European Union (EU) to crack down on Pakistanis living illegally in Europe.A senior cabinet minister told Dawn that the cabinet approved the draft agreement which would be signed by Pakistani interior minister with his EU counterpart.The immediate impact of the agreement would be a large-scale deportation of Pakistanis from Europe, which may have a negative impact on remittances and may also create social problems.

Pakistan and EU had signed the Third Generation Agreement — a trade plus agreement a few years ago. But the EU had linked the implementation of the agreement with the re-admission agreement before entering for any negotiations on bilateral trade.

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