Australia says returned Lankans are safe

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says that those Sri Lankan asylum seekers, who have returned to Sri Lanka from Australia, are safe.

He says those returned from Australia are safe, because they have been found NOT to be genuine refugees.

"There is a very exhaustive process which goes into determining who can be returned and who can't be," he said.

"I do make the point, and I think this is often lost in the debate, people saying that we shouldn't be returning refugees to Sri Lanka or anywhere else.

"Well, we don't. We don't.

"We return people who have not been able to establish against what is a very fair system that they are in danger if they return to countries.

"And that applies to Sri Lanka, to Iraq, to Afghanistan across the board."

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