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While claiming that almost 600 asylum seekers have now been returned to Sri Lanka against their will so far, the Australian government said it would continue to deport people in the same circumstances, WA Today reported.

"The Sri Lankans were advised of their status and that they were subject to removal from Australia,” Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said.
"They raised no issues that engaged Australia's international obligations."

Mr Bowen said the government would continue to deport people in the same circumstances.

A group of 50 Sri Lankan men were sent from Darwin to Colombo on Friday, boosting the number "involuntarily" returned home to 593 since August 13, when the government restored offshore processing.

"The group was made up of single adult men - all recent arrivals from different boats," Mr Bowen said in a statement.

"People who pay smugglers are risking their lives and throwing their money away," he said.

"There is no visa on arrival, there is no speedy outcome and there is no special treatment."

A further 107 Sri Lankans have returned home voluntarily.

The minister said the people returning involuntarily would not get access to reintegration assistance.

"We will continue to transfer people to Nauru, and to Manus Island," Mr Bowen said.

Twenty-eight asylum seekers arrived on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island on Friday, including family groups.

They are the second group to arrive at the island, where landowners are demanding compensation for the use of traditional land where the Howard-era detention facility is being revived.

Construction of a permanent facility on Nauru has also been delayed as the tiny Pacific nation's government finalises lease agreements with landowners.

  Comments - 6

  • Raiz Langai Friday, 30 November 2012 10:55 AM

    Australia through its high commission has a duty to tell the Lankans what awaits them when they reach Australian shores. the likely refugee applicants please don't fall for the promises of the people smugglers. These people have political backing. They even go to your houses after you leave and demand your wives for unpaid money or otherwise. the govt. & media should make investigation what make these people to leave. Lawlessness prevail most of the small villages in Eastern SL as well as Udappu. Hope our political masters nick this menace before it turns ugly. Raizuhl

    Alisten-Australia Friday, 30 November 2012 11:20 AM

    we need tamils in Srilanka so please send them back,Coming here there become Australians and marry indians.Let them marry Singalse rather than lose thier indeity as Indian.

    Anti-Red Friday, 30 November 2012 12:35 PM

    The Sri Lankan civil war has been over for a long time. There is no such thing as a Sri Lankan Asylum Seeker; they're nothing more than dishonest economic migrants.

    jacoob Saturday, 01 December 2012 02:35 AM

    Hey Anty,

    Hold on Hold on .. Civil War ?? we are trying to establish that was a terrorist war .. do not put same side goal puthe!!

    WhiteRabbit Saturday, 01 December 2012 04:10 AM

    In the 1960's "Anti-racists" forced ALL and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigration. Then "Anti-racists" forced ALL and ONLY white people to "integrate" or face penalties for being "naziswhowanttokill6millionjews." Now "Anti-racists" are calculating that ALL and ONLY white children will become minorities and eventually EXTINCT. If "Anti-racists" did this to ALL and ONLY black countries, it would be called a genocide. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.

    Upul Saturday, 01 December 2012 08:07 AM

    Do the people of Sri Lanka read the news of what is happening in Egypt. Their President Mursi is trying to accumulate too much Power for himself, and the People are taking to the streets in Protest. Are Sri Lankans so foolish and backboneless that they are prepared to accept any lies that are fed to them?

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