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13 Lankans illegally arrived in Australia returned

7 August 2017 02:11 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Thirteen Sri Lankan immigrants who arrived in Australia illegally were returned on Friday, the Australian High Commission today said.

Issuing a statement, the High Commission said the individuals returned were not intercepted on a recent illegal maritime venture.

“These non-citizens have been found not to engage Australia’s protection obligations, and have no lawful basis to remain in Australia.  People who have no lawful basis to remain in Australia are expected to return home. Settlement in Australia will never be an option for anyone who attempts to travel to Australia illegally by boat,” it said.  

It said the Australian Government was continuing its efforts to remove Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) if they have been found to have no valid claim to protection and have no further outstanding immigration matters.

“Australia will continue to remove individuals and groups to Sri Lanka, on both a voluntary and involuntary basis. Australia remains committed to stamping out people smuggling and preventing people from risking their lives at sea. Any people smuggling boats that attempt to reach Australia will be intercepted and turned back,” the statement said.

  Comments - 8

  • Premalal Monday, 07 August 2017 03:28 PM

    The way to go Australia. Please teach the naive Europeans how you do it.

    sekvam Monday, 07 August 2017 07:12 PM

    Sad News. SRI LANKAN and AU have had close relationship with the Original inhabitants, IT ia proved bothparties exits with same DNA. Thatmeans they belong to one Nation. How it is possible to reject them as illegal migrants.Tamil community must standup against such Descrimination practice.

    Sheri Tuesday, 08 August 2017 03:30 PM

    Sure! OZ does not want to it to be another Scarborough in Canada where they are the second largest tamil community after Sri Lanka. These are economic migrants. They have paid human traffickers!

    ceylon Monday, 07 August 2017 07:17 PM

    this boat travel is only can approve if their lives at serious risk and anyway they die go or not situation like lanka civil war time.presently doing itis stupid. via DM Android App

    Harry Tuesday, 08 August 2017 07:19 AM

    ceylon - are you in a coma, civil war was finished years back during previous regime, so what's happening to SL now?

    TSC Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:43 AM

    Sekvam Aboriginals of Australia have the same DNA as South Asians including Sri Lankan Veddahs

    Tyrone Tuesday, 08 August 2017 02:40 PM

    What are their names

    Ceylonese - Sydney Tuesday, 08 August 2017 05:18 PM

    Australia has tightened the screws on illegal boat arrivals. You will only end up in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea.


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