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UKBA working with Gurdwaras to advise Indians wishing to return home


Also joins hands with local Sikh community leaders

2nd August 2011:
The UK Border Agency is providing advise to Indians wishing to return to their native land, after joining hands with the local Sikh community leaders.
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The UKBA is also religiously working with the Gurdwaras in the West Midlands for furnishing advice to the migrants, some of whom are destitute.

The monthly advice centres are being held at the Gurdwaras in Smethwick; Sedgley Street, Wolverhampton; High Street, West Bromwich; Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham and Foleshill Road, Coventry.

The development is significant as questioning of groups outside a gurdwara in Ilford came under criticism.

Reacting to the questioning of groups of people convening outside a gurdwara in High Road, Ilford, Chief executive of east London refugee and migrant forum Rita Chadha had criticized the approach.

Her criticism comes soon after nothing less than 10 Indians were arrested for immigration offences in Ilford. The arrest was a part of the multi-agency exercise against “illegal” workers.

Chadha said she thought ‘more could have been done to support those individuals’. ‘Anyway,’ she noted ‘the system was totally flawed system as many of them would go straight back on the streets. The best way to engage with these groups was to try and engage with them as human beings’.

Experienced charity manager and freelance consultant, Rita has over 22 years experience of working in a variety of roles in the community and voluntary sector at a local, regional and national level. She has developed a particular specialism in the monitoring and promotion of equality, diversity and cohesion across a range of equality strands.

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