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* Sri Lanka to deport all overstaying foreign nationals
Sun, Jul 20, 2014, 12:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Controller of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera said that all overstaying foreign nationals including the Pakistan and Afghan nationals who had applied for refugee status would be deported.

Last week, the government took steps to deport five Afghan nationals who had been overstaying in Sri Lanka, said the Controller of Immigration and Emigration.

He further stated that there were 1,450 Pakistan nationals and 40 Afghan nationals overstaying. They have applied for refugee status from the UNHCR office of Colombo and their applications are being processed.

They expect to migrate into another country after their application for political asylum is accepted.

Sri Lanka police had already arrested some of these Pakistan and Afghan nationals. They are held in Boossa and Mirihana detention centers and interrogated to ascertain whether they have any links with terrorism.

Many of these Pakistan nationals belong to Ahmadiyya Muslim sect and they claim that they are under constant threat of the mainstream Sunni Muslims.

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