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Pakistan and the United Kingdom have finalised a ‘ground-breaking’ pact to combat unlawful migration

Shahzad Akbar, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Interior and Accountability Adviser, and Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary of the United Kingdom’s Home Office, have completed negotiations on the UK-Pakistan Readmissions Agreement, which will see illegal migrants who have no legal basis to remain in the UK returned to Pakistan.

Rycroft just returned from a two-day visit to Pakistan, where he signed an agreement with officials to combat unlawful migration, according to a statement released by the British High Commission in Islamabad on Friday.

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“It was decided that the agreement will be presented to Pakistan’s federal cabinet in the coming weeks in order to be implemented by the end of the year, subject to cabinet approval,” the statement added.

“The ground-breaking agreement will enable the sharing of criminal records between the UK and Pakistani authorities to support effective law enforcement cooperation between the two countries.”

The British High Commission Islamabad said, “The UK is committed to working with Pakistan to develop an effective partnership on migration as part of a deep and mutually beneficial relationship.”

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“Rycroft also spoke about the UK Home Office’s new immigration system that will level the global playing field to those wishing to come to the UK.”

The British High Commission Islamabad remained confident that Pakistani students would benefit from new graduate routes, providing an excellent opportunity for them to enter into skilled roles in the UK job market.



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