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Sri Lanka said the emphasis by the international community that the island was now free from the dangers that constrained it during the time of the conflict, has been an important factor for those who left the country as refugees during the time of the conflict to return.

Addressing the 101st Council Session of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha had observed that emphasis by the international community that Sri Lanka was now free from the dangers that constrained it during the time of the conflict, has been an important factor for those who left the country as refugees during the time of the conflict to return, with the joint assistance of the host countries, and organisations such as the IOM.

He however said, “At the same time illegal people-smuggling rings continue to rob families not only of their hard-earned savings, but sometimes even their loved ones.”

Noting that the IOM, as well as a number of foreign governments had in recent months acknowledged that many Sri Lankans who continue to arrive on foreign soil illegally, were in fact economic migrants and not refugees, Ambassador Aryasinha said Sri Lanka remained committed to work with international partners toward raising awareness as to the dangers relating to illegal migration, with a view to end such practices.

  Comments - 6

  • jacoob Monday, 03 December 2012 04:20 AM

    Joke of the day from the loku ( I mean semi ) banana

    Karthik Tuesday, 04 December 2012 02:13 AM

    He should check the factual situation from the BBC Colombo correspondent and the Police before misleading the refugees.

    ravi Monday, 03 December 2012 06:20 AM

    He is joking don't come..

    radish.s Sunday, 02 December 2012 05:50 PM

    Refugees left in 1983 after the pogrom against Tamils. However it started really from 1956 ,58,71 and 77.This chap is misrepresenting facts.

    M kappam Sunday, 02 December 2012 06:03 PM

    Dont think come back to sri lanka. cost of living so high.no jobs. low wages.no future for your kids.

    Piranha Sunday, 02 December 2012 06:31 PM

    As long as you are prepared to forego your human rights and freedoms, tolerate police brutality, thuggery by government ministers, risk of white van rides etc etc...


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