India, South Korea in talks for migration pact (

India and South Korea are in talks to sign a migration agreement to allow easier mobility for professionals of the two countries. The deal could lead to increased collaboration between the high-tech ecosystems in India and Korea, according to a Mint report.

The arrangement is expected to be concluded under the government’s established mechanism on migration. This will make it different from the more comprehensive migration pacts India has entered into with the UK, Germany and Australia. Migration agreements make it easier to control illegal immigration. It aids Indian professionals to work in foreign countries across a range of areas including technology and automobiles.

South Korea’s high-quality education system has made it an attractive choice for immigration. Around 12,000 Indians live in the country, including around 300 individuals of Indian origin, as per data from the External Affairs Ministry. A large number of Indian students are pursuing post-graduate and doctorate degrees in South Korea, mostly in pure sciences. Many professionals in the information technology, shipping and automobile sectors have immigrated to the country.

Not just South Korea, India is also looking to forge a migration agreement with Taiwan and other nations. India already has an agreement with Japan on similar lines. The Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) scheme with the country allows workers in 14 fields, including fisheries, automobile maintenance and construction, to migrate.

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