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Thousands of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka are preparing to risk the 5000km voyage to Australian waters as soon as weather conditions improve, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Senior naval sources claim people smugglers will bypass the traditional route through Indonesia or Malaysia in favour of the riskier route direct to Christmas Island.

It is understood senior Sri Lankan naval figures directly warned their Australian counterparts of the looming humanitarian crisis during high-level talks a month ago.

Senior navy sources said they were told several refugee boats set sail for Australia from northeastern Sri Lanka last year but had not been heard from since, the the Daily Telegraph said.

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  • Sunday, 28 March 2010 03:44 PM

    Govt should encourage people to go there...
    It's a good solution for the population growth problem of Sri Lanka !

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 03:52 PM

    Why oh Why. Are they not happy with the Suba Anagayhayak just round the corner with attendant high prices and lawlessness.

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 04:18 PM

    No doubt these are economic refugees. Otherwise do u think they will there rights there? Also they want to increase the number of diaspora there in order to make misserable the life of poor Srilankan Tamils living here.

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 06:04 PM

    when? can i go too.. dont think the country will come out of this mess

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 10:00 PM

    May be one day, they can ask for an "Autralian Tamil Ealam as they haven't had much luck in Sri Lanka.

    Sunday, 28 March 2010 10:15 PM

    Tamil diaspora should provide them with good quality boats for the trip. They should form a Tamil consulate/high commision on sea for Tamil assylum seekers, respect their human rights and provide tamils using leaky boats with better boats .

    Monday, 29 March 2010 12:15 AM

    No good news for the TNA as this will reduce their vote base in the future. Good news for the peace seeking Srilankans of all communities for getiing rid of a few thousand trouble makers. Australia, you sure have enough space in your country for an Eelam.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 01:41 AM

    SL Govt not only make life difficult for Tamils to live here happily but also blow the whisle to warn Australia not to let them in.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 03:12 AM

    Announce the much awaited PACKAGE FOR TAMILS to have confidence in Lankan Democracy, prevent them from taking perilous journeys of this nature.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 03:14 AM

    Good planning with in 10years we richest people in Sri Lanka with good background of education but do not forget the past and maintain our cultures.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 03:27 AM

    When the people stop believing, they all start leaving!!!
    Podi Putha

    Monday, 29 March 2010 03:28 AM

    How come you people in Srilanka call them "tamil refugees". Are they not your citizens?? If you people give them their due rights, then they will not leave.
    They have no means to exist in Srilanka, thats why they leave.
    No wonder why in thousands they like to take the risk.

    Sinhalese dual citizen from NZ

    Monday, 29 March 2010 03:29 AM

    More the merrier let our people go. If Australia is safe heaven for all terror supporters hel bent on destroying poor countries such as ours to make us depend on their handouts surely they can take refugees with open arms

    Monday, 29 March 2010 04:24 AM

    ONEDAY CHRISTMAS ISLAND WILL BE ISLAND OF SRI LANKA AND SRI LANKA WILL BE CHRISTMAS ISLAND.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 05:29 AM

    Again these people are ruining the reputation of all law abiding Sri Lankans who use legal means to migrate. Now any Sri Lankan who enters Australia will be considered a refugee or criminal. The Navy should be more vigilant and stop these from happening.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 06:50 AM

    This is organize by LTTE as a part of their propaganda. Same thing was don by Prabhakaran. He chased people from north to to other countries and ask for asylum to show the world that there is a problem. This is a man made disaster. Need the support of other countries to control this crime.


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