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More Sri Lankan asylum seekers have asked Australia to send them back to Colombo.

Five of the men were being held at the offshore processing centre on Nauru, and have decided to abandon their refugee claims.

The other man has been detained in Western Australia.

Government plan

Meanwhile, Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, says the practise of sending Sri Lankan asylum seekers back home is discouraging people smugglers.

More than 750 Sri Lankans have either asked to return home, or been forced back, since the Government resumed offshore processing in August.

"We are very, very happy with the relationship we've got with the government in Sri Lanka," Senator Carr said.

"And very, very happy that they are cooperating with us in facilitating the return of people who are not asylum seekers, who are economic refugees and have no claim to jump the queue."

Senator Carr will travel to Colombo tomorrow to discuss efforts to disrupt people smuggling, as well as trade ties and tourism.
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  • Grumpy Thursday, 13 December 2012 10:40 AM

    Hee Hee Well Said Abdul ;)

    truth Friday, 14 December 2012 12:00 AM

    Without good english knowledge and education as well as skills, don't come to Australia. We only want civilised people. via DM iPad app

    saman Thursday, 13 December 2012 04:49 AM

    Australia is a great place to live. It is understandable why these people would risk their lives for that.
    Friends, the best way to come to Australia is as a skilled migrant.
    Learn your trade and pass IELTS. It is that simple. These days nobody believes the old refugee song sung by my tamil friends. " Singala people kills us"

    Hello Saturday, 15 December 2012 12:00 AM

    Fazal guessing from your name you must be an immigrant too. Australia does not want these un skilled laborera. Only professions such as doctors. You are not wanted. via DM Android App

    Fazal - Sydney Thursday, 13 December 2012 01:39 PM

    They are economic migrants who came here to earn a fast buck courtesy of the Australian taxpayer and happy to return home with their mission accomplished. Though they never had the intention of settling down here in the first place unlike a true refugee.

    Paddy Suman Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:39 AM

    Australia is not a great place to live. It's full of flies and instects. Also racist.

    OMG Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:46 AM

    Australia a country build up by immigrants that preaches freedom and democracy chasing away immigrants who risked their dear lives for the sake of freedom and democracy.

    Hypocrisy has a new definition: Austalia.

    Grumpy Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:24 AM

    Bro... Even Sinhalese ppl are going to Aussie as refugees...

    Abdul Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:58 AM

    the aborigines should take over australia and deport all white immigrants from australia.


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