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The Australian government deported four Sri Lankan asylum seekers, two Tamils, one Sinhalese and one Muslim, after their applications for refugee status were unsuccessful, a spokesman for the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said today. 

The departure of these intercepted individuals brings the total number of unsuccessful Sri Lankan asylum seekers removed from Australia to 80, since late 2008.

The irregular maritime arrivals were on two boats intercepted in last year. The DIAC spokesman said the government’s position on asylum seekers was clear.

“People who are owed Australia’s protection under our international obligations will be granted that protection,” the spokesman said.

“All irregular maritime arrivals found not to be owed protection and with no other basis to remain in Australia will be removed.”

The handling of claims for protection demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to dealing with irregular maritime arrivals in a timely and effective manner.

“Irregular maritime arrivals are interviewed to assess, among other things, their reasons for travel to Australia,” the spokesman said.

“This group was initially assessed as not having a valid claim for refugee status and an independent merits review has upheld this decision.

This brings the total number of irregular maritime arrivals removed since late 2008 to 145. Of those, 19 have been removed in 2010. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Friday, 19 March 2010 12:55 PM

    sorry to hear comming back home.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 05:42 AM

    I would like to add something missing in this article.
    ''People who are owed Australia’s protection under our international obligations can be defined as Tamils who are former LTTE combatants and supporters."
    Any other Tamil,Muslim or Sinhalese are excluded.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 05:49 AM

    FEEL SORRY THESE GUYS-THE SL AUTHORITIES WILL HAVE A PARTY WITH THESE GUYS

    Friday, 19 March 2010 06:02 AM

    FINALLY!!!!Australia is realizing the truth especially bogus and criminal pro LTTE eelamist's illegal infiltration should stope!!!!!

    Friday, 19 March 2010 06:20 AM

    Ok ananda, you are saying that innocent tamil person is an LTTE, what anout the 2 sinhalese people, think before writing you bluffer

    Friday, 19 March 2010 06:49 AM

    What about the journalists who fled the country in the past fearing for their lives? The white van episodes?

    Friday, 19 March 2010 07:25 AM

    Deport all the Boat People !.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 07:43 AM

    More like other way round. If you are LTTE stay, otherwise leave.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 08:08 AM

    Deportees, better try Mili Banda in the U.K.

    Suresh..... You are right. First lets see what they have contributed to SL as they have been afforded free Education & health.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 08:29 AM

    why on earth Singalese getting Asylum? also Muslims? they have no problems in SL like Tamils have..............

    Friday, 19 March 2010 09:35 AM

    This is not fair by Sri Lanka. Why can't you Australians keep them? We can send you boat loads of them so that you can enjoy the liability of our riddance. We do not want these ex terrorists in our midst.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 09:56 AM

    Damn good for the que jumpers.

    Friday, 19 March 2010 10:28 AM

    MR.NE, EVERY TAMIL IS NOT A LTTE


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