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
Parliamentarians visit disaster affected areas to observe relief operations
-- [4 hours ago]
NBRO extends landslide warning to seven districts
-- [6 hours ago]
Chinese President, PM, FM send condolences to Sri Lanka over floods, landslides
-- [7 hours ago]
China to provide US$ 2.2 million worth emergency disaster relief goods to Sri Lanka
-- [7 hours ago]
Second Indian ship INS Shardul arrives at Colombo Port with flood relief
-- [8 hours ago]
Death toll from floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rises to 146, another 112 missing
Russian President sends condolences to Sri Lanka President
Part of Southern Expressway temporarily closed due to flooding
Sri Lanka's new 'Private - Public Partnership Unit to be launched at the Ceylon Chamber's Investment Conclave
Indian police probe international kidney racket linked to Sri Lanka

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.