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Australia returns 79 people to Sri Lanka

Nov 22 2013, 8:13am CST | by IANS

Colombo, Nov 22 (IANS) The Australian government has returned all the 79 Sri Lankans who had arrived illegally in Australia by boat last month, the Australian high commission here said Friday.

Colombo, Nov 22 — The Australian government has returned all the 79 Sri Lankans who had arrived illegally in Australia by boat last month, the Australian high commission here said Friday. The high...

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Australia returns 79 people to Sri Lanka

Nov 22 2013, 8:13am CST | by IANS

Colombo, Nov 22 (IANS) The Australian government has returned all the 79 Sri Lankans who had arrived illegally in Australia by boat last month, the Australian high commission here said Friday.

Colombo, Nov 22 — The Australian government has returned all the 79 Sri Lankans who had arrived illegally in Australia by boat last month, the Australian high commission here said Friday.

The high commission in Colombo said the last six Sri Lankans joined the group of 73 this week, who were returned last month after arriving illegally by boat and being screened out of a protection assessment process, reports Xinhua.

The government's new policy implementation sends a strong message that if one arrives illegally by boat, he or she will be sent back to Sri Lanka.

"The Australian government's policies are tougher than ever before and ensure that people seeking to come to Australia by boat without a visa do not get to stay in Australia," said Scott Morrison, Australia's minister for immigration and border protection.

More than 1,100 people who arrived in Australia by boat have been sent home since October 2012, the embassy said.

Australia and Sri Lanka have strong cooperation at the operational level to disrupt people-smuggling ventures, it added.

"The Australian government does not deal in half measures and has the policies and resolve to fight people smugglers and stop illegal boat arrivals," the minister said.

"The government will continue to return people seeking to come to Australia illegally by boat."

Despite the end of a three-decade war in 2009, the number of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka has increased, pushing the Australian government to take tough measures to prevent them from reaching the country.

At least another 1,500 people have been arrested by the navy while attempting to leave Sri Lanka by boat.

The Australian government is working closely with the navy to monitor and prevent boat people from Sri Lanka and have implemented programmes to discourage locals from attempting to migrate illegally.

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A house donation for a war hero

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SLAF Deploys an Aviation Unit Under UN Mission in Central African Republic

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Foundations laid for fifty houses

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Stepping up its humanitarian assistance to the resettled community in the East, the Sri Lanka Army has embarked on an ambitious housing assistance programme to uplift the l ...
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Ushering peace SL's cardinal achievement

Sep 1 2014 1:22am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Sri Lanka's cardinal achievement is the restoration of peace and stability for the benefit of all its people without any residue of violence, and it is fitting that the quality of this achievement against overwhelming odds is receiving due recognition from the international community, External Affairs Minister Professor G.L.Peiris said in Bled, Republ ...
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"Some Members of Tamil Diaspora Pump in Money to Create Chaos in Jaffna for Their Survival Overseas" - Jaffna Commander

Aug 25 2014 1:29am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Sri Lanka Army's Security Forces Headquarters East yesterday (23rd Aug) marked another turning point by taking the salute of 36 recently-enlisted Tamil woman soldiers who passed out during a colourful Passing out Par ...
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Aug 16 2014 12:58am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Pope Francis would visit the historical Madhu Shrine during his stay in Sri Lanka in January next year, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbisho ...
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