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Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia, Thisara Samarasinghe, told the Australian ‘National Times’ that more Sri Lankans, who arrived in Australia seeking asylum, had applied to go home.

Last week a group of 18 Sri Lankan men detained on Christmas Island chose to return home rather than be sent to Nauru for processing.

Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that a heavily laden boat of asylum seekers has been intercepted near Christmas Island as vessels continue to arrive despite Labor's embrace of the Pacific solution.

The boat carrying 195 passengers - one of the largest to arrive in recent years - had to be assisted early this morning.Three crew were also on board.
This is the biggest number asylum seekers to arrive on a single boat since the government announced on August 13 it would restore offshore processing.

The size of the venture suggests smugglers and asylum seekers alike have not so far been deterred by government warnings about the risk of a lengthy stay in the Pacific.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority called in HMAS Broome to help the vessel north west of Christmas Island.

Well over 3200 asylum seekers have arrived since August 13, far outstripping the projected capacity of camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island to accommodate.

Earlier this week three boats were intercepted inside 24 hours at the remote Cocos Island territory.

Labor has claimed smugglers are running a ‘‘closing down sale’’ and it will take time for the new arrangements in the Pacific to have effect.

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  • Len Saturday, 29 September 2012 02:18 AM

    Make perfect sense why would any Sri Lankan want to live in Australia a colony infested with ex-crim’s that was deported from UK beyond belief. Compare to Sri Lanka Australia got nothing to offer. Be a matter of time Western refugees will be invading Sri Lankan boarders in leaky boats.Now it’s time to change the catch phrase from Wander of Asia which Sri Lanka surpass couple of years back to ‘Wonder of the Planet’ which is more accurate to describe the only Paradise on earth.

    Vicks Saturday, 29 September 2012 05:28 AM

    Well well.... most of the people who returned are from Sinhalese background. It seems, most of them are the hired crew of those boats. They got the money for the work from the people smugglers, had a decent time in Australiua and are returning home on a free ticket with nearly 400,000 rupees change. The deal made in heaven for them, and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Australia seems to sail on them!!

    Hussain Friday, 28 September 2012 03:17 PM

    The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Though it may appear to be. People could be disillusioned into believing that everything rosy abroad. Its not so. I have seen some who are working 24/7 to make the house mortgage, make the car payment etc. Then come home and do household chores and on the weekends do the lawn, washing the car,cleaning the house, painting etc. No respite from work. Its a continuous grind, only a few escape this after years of hard work can have household help at a heavy price.

    Lanka Lion - Sydney Sunday, 30 September 2012 03:00 AM

    Even during the height of the war there were not many Sri Lankans fleeing by boat risking their lives seeking asylum in Australia. The standards seem to have deteriorated so much that even after three years since the war ended boat loads of Sri Lankans are arriving in Australia on a daily basis.Those who have decided to take the option to return home seem happy to recieve the A$ 3000 (SR400.000) at the expense of the Australian taxpayer. This is only going to encourage more asylum seekers from the "Wonder of Asia" into the "Lucky Country" .

    bernardwijeyasingha Friday, 28 September 2012 07:43 PM

    Far away places with strange sounding names, far away over the sea. Those far away places with strange sounding names are calling, calling me.....

    Bud Friday, 28 September 2012 10:50 PM

    If those asylum seekers want to go back to SL, they can request the Australian Govt, rather than contacting the SL diplomats. The Australian Govt will be pleased to facilitate their transfer back home.

    lal Friday, 28 September 2012 11:49 PM

    If these humbug refugees are given money by Australian government to go back, they will repeat their journey. Humanitarian concerns aside, Australia should act intelligently. No financial rewards for humbug refugees!!!

    Cobra Saturday, 29 September 2012 01:32 AM

    What is going on in Nauru for asylum seekers who risked their lives in a raging sea in dinky boats to want to return home?


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