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September 5, 2018

Dalits, tribals and Muslims are not the only Indians who seek asylum abroad
By Devesh Kapur

Most asylum requests appear to come from Punjab, Haryana, and Gujarat, with asylum-seekers citing political and religious persecution as the reasons for seeking asylum. The LA Times cites data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, that from fiscal years 2012 to 2017, about 42 per cent of asylum cases from India were rejected. Curiously, if one reads reports from human rights organisations on India, the groups that are most vulnerable to human rights abuses in India (tribals, Dalits, and Muslims) are not the ones that seek asylum abroad, leading one to speculate that at least some of this is illegal migrants gaming the system.

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