With mass immigration and movements across international border highly likely in the future, it has become necessary to deliberate on whether there is a need to share identity data between countries. A discussion around the same was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where experts from diverse domains shared their views on why inter-governmental identity data sharing might be needed, what the current status is in this regard, and what will happen in the future. Why is this an important question? There is a mass increase in immigration coming in the following decades. Mostly from the global south to the global north. This is evident from the birthrates, ageing populations in the north, etc. There is also going to be an increase in temporary migration of people, not just agricultural workers or workers engaged in industries such as construction, but post the pandemic, an increase in people living and working across borders. These two reasons could result in a large number of people living in countries with legal identities issued by foreign governments. Countries will want to receive more identity data on both their own citizens and foreign citizens in years to come to figure out things like taxation, residency rights, and welfare benefits. For example, if an Indian citizen is to migrate abroad, the foreign country might want access to the Indian's Aadhaar, Ration Card, or PAN related information. Will there be an increase in intergovernmental agreement to access core national identity databases? More intra-governmental activity at the moment: While…
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