A further eight Sri Lankan asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat have agreed to return home.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship says the eight men - including five who were in detention on Nauru - left Australia late yesterday.
“The men chose to return home voluntarily,'' a departmental spokesman said. “Regular transfers to Nauru and more Sri Lankans returning home is further proof that there is no advantage engaging with people smugglers.''
The latest group brings the number of Sri Lankans who have returned home to 332 - both voluntarily and involuntarily - since the Gillard government began its tough offshore processing regime in August.(AAP)
Comments - 5
Alisten Australia Sunday, 18 November 2012 12:19 PM
Gunapala, those returned are Singalse or mixed Singalese not from north or east.
Gunapala Saturday, 17 November 2012 08:46 PM
Australia got wiser. I hope Canada, UK and other countries to catch on to this and turn back ex combatants of the LTTE.
Kondebandapuchhena Sunday, 18 November 2012 07:15 AM
At least now this will discourage going there any more
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 17 November 2012 11:26 AM
At last, a system which really works fine to control this menace of people smuggling.
ABC Saturday, 17 November 2012 12:06 PM
Or something else !!!!
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