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Australia continues to send back illegal Sri Lankan immigrants

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Australia says it would continue to send back illegal Sri Lankan asylum seekers if their claims are not covered by the refugee convention.

“When people arrive in Australia unauthorised, any claims they make for their reasons to travel to Australia are assessed by the Department of Immigration. If these claims are not covered by the refugee convention, they will be returned to their home land wherever possible,” Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor said.

He said that another group of Sri Lankan irregular maritime arrivals has been flown home from Christmas Island to Colombo, the minister said issuing a statement.
The group was advised of its status and that all 25 of its members were subject to removal from Australia as none raised issues that engaged Australia’s international obligations.

Without a valid visa, the 25 had no legal right to remain in Australia.All were recent arrivals.

Since August 13 last year, 1029 Sri Lankans have returned home – 819 of them involuntarily. The minister also said, “People who pay smugglers are risking their lives and throwing their money away. There is no visa on arrival, there is no speedy outcome, and there is no special treatment.

“We are committed to breaking the evil people smuggling trade, deterring people from taking dangerous journeys by boat and saving lives at sea.
“We will continue to transfer people to Nauru and Manus Island.”

People returned involuntarily do not have access to reintegration assistance.


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One Response to " Australia continues to send back illegal Sri Lankan immigrants "

  1. Joe says:

    Australian government is doing the right thing.All white nations should not allow third world impoverished peasants and white Muslims to enter their countries just because there are civil wars or extreme poverty or political persecution.Keep on being generous with the asylum seeking programs and refugee programs with Muslims from countries like Chechnya and Dagestan and then one day a few radical Islamic Muslim men will set off improvised homemade bombs like the two Muslim men did at the Boston marathon .

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