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* Australia sends another 30 Sri Lankans home involuntarily
Thu, Nov 8, 2012, 12:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 08, Colombo: Australia has deported another group of 30 Sri Lankan asylum seekers on a charter flight to Colombo today from Christmas Island, the office of Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen said in a statement on Thursday.

The 30 single adult men deported today have arrived in Australia recently from a number of different boats.

The men had been advised of their status and that they were subject to removal from Australia and they had not raised any issues that engaged Australia's international obligations.

"Without a valid visa they had no legal right to remain in Australia and were removed at the earliest opportunity," the MP said in the statement.

This is the second group of 30 men sent involuntarily in two days.

Since the Australian government's new rules came into effect on August 13, Australia has deported voluntarily and involuntarily 186 Sri Lankans including today's batch home.

Another group of 30 men were returned on a charter flight to Colombo from Christmas Island Wednesday. Those men, arrived at the Colombo International Airport in Katunayake yesterday, have been handed over to the Criminal Investigations department for questioning.

According to the Australian Minister, people returned involuntarily do not have access to reintegration assistance.

The Minister's office said the Australian government is committed to breaking the people smuggling trade and preventing people from taking these dangerous boats to Australia.

"People who pay smugglers are risking their lives and throwing their money away. There is no visa awaiting them on arrival, no speedy outcome, and no special treatment," he said.

"We will continue to regularly transfer people to Nauru and shortly to Manus Island," the Minister added.



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