Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 13 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Australia sends 31 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Nauru
Fri, Sep 28, 2012, 07:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 28, Darwin: Australia has sent 31 male Sri Lankan asylum seekers to the detention centers in Nauru for offshore processing.

A chartered aircraft has brought the Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Nauru Friday morning after leaving from Darwin yesterday.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) today announced that it has successfully transferred the fifth group of asylum seekers to Nauru in the first transfer to depart from the mainland after setting off from Darwin.

The Sri Lankans have been escorted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), DIAC staff, interpreters and medical staff.

On arrival in Nauru, they were subject to relevant immigration, customs and quarantine clearance processes.

They will now be settled into their accommodation at the temporary facility and go through induction processes, the DIAC said.

Under the new policy enacted on August 13, the asylum seekers face a long wait at an offshore detection center on Nauru or Papua New Guinea's Manus Island for processing of a legitimate visa.

The Australian government changed the policy to deter the arrivals of 'boat people' on the mainland or the Christmas Island.

"The completion of this transfer reaffirms the strong message of deterrence for anyone considering risking their lives on dangerous people smuggling boats. There will be no advantage for boat arrivals," the DIAC said in the release.

Australia last week sent 18 male Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were detained in the Christmas Islands back to Sri Lanka when they refused to be transferred to the detention centers in Nauru. The 18 adult men volunteered to return home rather than be sent to Nauru.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka Marxist party ready to change Constitution and economic system
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to set up joint trade commission with Russia
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka election monitor receives over 400 complaints by end of campaigning for Uva PC
-- [9 hours ago]
China Merchants sign two agreements with Sri Lankan government to develop Phase 2 of Hambantota Port Development Project
Sri Lanka donates one million medical gloves to Ebola-stricken countries
Errant driver of Sri Lanka ruling party candidate surrenders to police
Sri Lanka Cricket to select national coach by next week
Maldivian President to arrive in Sri Lanka today on official visit
Sri Lanka targets 8.2 percent economic growth in next year budget
Tamil Nadu fishermen go on indefinite fast demanding Sri Lanka to release colleagues

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.