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Theresa May with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to India for bilateral talks and trade events [Image: Harish Tyagi/EPA].

Theresa May with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to India for bilateral talks and trade events [Image: Harish Tyagi/EPA].

For clarity: There is no evidence to show that immigrants – from anywhere – are taking too many of the UK’s public services, as some have argued. The services are being squeezed by Theresa May’s Conservative Government.

That being said, there probably isn’t any need for new rules on immigration from India. Some arguments for the UK to leave the EU have claimed that people from outside the Union have been barred from entry because the EU demands preferential treatment for its members; clearly the evidence shows that this is not true.

There are wider possibilities with India, though. It is part of the BRICS trading group with Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa and a productive meeting this week could open up better relations with all of those countries – which would be particularly useful in soothing tensions with Russia.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, was in India only a couple of weeks ago, and it seems likely that the result of that visit will be prominent in Mr Modi’s mind now.

Theresa May has dashed Indian hopes for a more liberal visa system for its nationals wanting to work in the UK by arguing that the current offer is generous enough.

Speaking on the way to her first bilateral meeting in Delhi, the prime minister argued that Britain was already able to attract the “brightest and best” from outside the EU. “The figures show that we issue more work visas to India than I think US, Australia and China put together. Nine out of 10 visa applications from India are already accepted. We have, I believe, a good system,” she said.

The comments will prove disappointing for some in the Indian government and business community who have argued for more of their highly skilled professional workers to be able to get six-month visas for the UK and other European countries.

Source: Theresa May says UK will not raise visa quota for Indian nationals | World news | The Guardian

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