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::

* 33 Sri Lankan asylum seekers return from Australia
Sun, Dec 30, 2012, 09:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 30, Perth: Another group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers have opted to return home, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of Australia said today.

The 33 Sri Lankan men have chosen to return home from both the Nauru Regional Processing Centre and the Australian mainland.

According to a departmental spokesman 12 men detained at Nauru joined 21 others who were detained in Western Australia and boarded a charter flight from Perth to Colombo Sunday morning.

An additional four Sri Lankan men have returned earlier this week.

The spokesman said the men departed voluntarily.

"They chose not to pursue their asylum claims and no longer seek to engage Australia’s protection obligations. This is further proof that there is no advantage engaging with people smugglers," he said.

The spokesman said that further transfers to Nauru would occur in coming weeks and the department expected more people would choose to return home.

Since implementing new immigration policies from August 13 to process new illegal arrivals at regional processing centers in Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, Australia has returned 883 asylum seekers both voluntarily and involuntarily.

The asylum seekers are required to stay in the offshore detention centers for a long time before they can get a visa.

People in a regional processing center or immigration detention can voluntarily return to their home country at any time. People who return voluntarily have access to reintegration assistance depending on their status.

The Australian government says it will continue to return people where they do not engage Australia's international obligations.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka Navy accused of injuring 10 Tamil Nadu fishermen
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka, India fishermen talks may take place on March 11 - report
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Central Bank removes restrictions placed on the access to the Standing Deposit Facility
UN committed to assist the process of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka - official
Sri Lanka stock exchange increases stakeholder engagement through social media
Sri Lanka's Attorney General indicts UPFA MP and 12 others in former MP Premachandra's murder
Sri Lanka's Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport to be closed at night to minimize losses
Sri Lanka Customs seize another container with a stock of ethanol
Sri Lanka Freedom Party prohibits party members from attending rallies of other political parties
Sri Lanka Police arrest former LTTE women's wing leader

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.