Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Returning asylum seekers to Sri Lanka effective, Australian minister says
Wed, Jan 30, 2013, 10:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 30, Colombo: Returning Sri Lankan asylum seekers back home has been effective in reducing the number of boat people coming from the island nation, Australia's Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has said.

Speaking to Australian media, the Minister has said the government took the tough decision to return the boat people who were not refugees.

"We took the tough decision to return people to Sri Lanka when they're not refugees," Mr. Bowen has said.

"We have returned around 700 people involuntarily to Sri Lanka, and we have seen the number of people coming from Sri Lanka fall to a trickle," Mr. Bowen has told Sky News on Wednesday.

Australia has returned 942 Sri Lankans home - both voluntarily and involuntarily - since August 13 when the Australian government decided to send asylum seekers arriving in boats to offshore regional processing facilities in Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

Following the enforcement of the new law, 213 Sri Lankans have returned home voluntarily. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship says it is further proof that there is no advantage engaging with people smugglers to migrate to Australia.

The Australian Minister has said that only three Sri Lankans had come to Australia by boat this month.

Most of the boat people arrived this month was from Afghanistan and Iran and some from Iraq, Mr. Bowen has said.

The Minister has however acknowledged that the number of arrivals was typically lower in January due to rough weather.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Health Minister charges trade unions of focusing on political issues, not fulfilling their responsibilities to workers
-- [3 hours ago]
Minister Bathiudeen complains to CID on social media reports accusing him of resettling Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka
-- [3 hours ago]
US Navy trains Sri Lanka Navy divers in underwater unexploded ordnance recovery
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka participates in the Fine Food Exhibition - 2017 in Sydney, Australia
-- [5 hours ago]
Rain water harvesting project for Jaffna Peninsula
-- [5 hours ago]
UN assures to support Sri Lanka to build an exemplary nation
-- [6 hours ago]
ICC confirms investigation into Sri Lanka Cricket following Anti-Corruption Unit's visit
-- [8 hours ago]
PM opens five-star Hotel Amari in Galle
Chief Prelates request to refrain from hindering Central Expressway construction
Interim report on draft constitution presented to Chief Prelates for consultation

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.