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 8 more Sri Lankan boat arrivals home
Sat, Nov 17, 2012, 11:36 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 17, Colombo: Australian authorities have sent another eight Sri Lankan men arrived illegally in boats back to Sri Lanka today, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship confirmed.

The eight adult men, including five from Nauru, have voluntarily returned to Sri Lanka on a commercial flight departed from Perth and arrived.

The returnees have arrived in Colombo early today (November 17).

According to a Department spokesman transfers of boat arrivals to Nauru have continued and more would follow in the coming weeks.

"Regular transfers to Nauru and more Sri Lankans returning home is further proof that there is no advantage engaging with people smugglers," the spokesman said.

Australia has returned 332 Sri Lankans home - both voluntarily and involuntarily - since August 13 when the government announced irregular maritime arrivals would be liable for transfer to regional processing facilities in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

However, Australia's new return policy has not deterred the Sri Lankan asylum seekers who take the perilous voyage in fishing trawlers.

Sri Lanka Navy Thursday (November 15) arrested 104 asylum seekers heading form Australia from the island's western shores. Nearly 3,000 illegal migrants to Australia have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy this year.

People detained in the offshore returns can voluntarily leave for home country at any time and those who return voluntarily may be eligible reintegration assistance through the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Reintegration packages are determined on a case-by-case basis depending on need and eligibility, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship said.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Joint military exercise between Sri Lanka and India armies concludes
-- [5 hours ago]
ADB grants US$ 150 million develop green power generation in Sri Lanka
-- [6 hours ago]
Final vote of the budget 2015 in Sri Lanka parliament today
-- [6 hours ago]
Over 73,000 people in Sri Lanka are subjected to modern day slavery, global study finds
-- [7 hours ago]
Common opposition candidate of Sri Lanka pledges to run a disciplined campaign
Sri Lankan President says he will not run a dirty campaign despite having 'files' on defectors
Sri Lanka Navy arrests 14 Tamil Nadu fishermen
Onion farmers' protest closes Sri Lanka's main north-south highway
Political parties in Sri Lanka reconsidering their support to President
Sri Lanka police temporarily halt 10,000 transfers due to presidential election

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.