- Published on Thursday, 22 November 2012 14:50
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Australia deported 100 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Colombo yesterday on a special Australian Air Force plane. It is the ninth involuntary removal this month and the largest group to send home to date.
The Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen has said that the deported men were all recent arrivals from a number of different boats.
With the group deported yesterday Australia has deported 426 Sri Lankans and another 99 Sri Lankans voluntarily.
Meanwhile Australian authorities have begun to transfer irregular maritime arrivals made up entirely of family groups to Manus Island in Papua New for offshore processing. A group of seven families, including 15 adults and four children of Sri Lankan and Iranian nationalities, have departed Christmas Island late yesterday on a charter aircraft and arrived at Manus Island early this morning.
The Australian Minister Bowen has emphasized that there is no visa on arrival, there will be no special treatment, no speedy outcome and certainly no advantage given to those who come by boat. (niz)