Aussie Minister to discuss boat people issue

The Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, will be in Sri Lanka tomorrow to discuss the boat people issue.

Bowen’s office said that he will be in Sri Lanka from 2 May to 4 May in order to conduct talks on irregular migration and migration reforms.

‘Australia will continue working closely with Sri Lanka on issues relating to people smuggling, including preventing and disrupting people smuggling ventures by air and sea,’ Bowen said.

‘We appreciate Sri Lanka’s ongoing cooperation in the area of people smuggling, in particular its new people smuggling legislation which will work to promote regular migration avenues for Sri Lankan nationals.’

Prior to visiting Sri Lanka the Australian Minister is in India. Bowen’s office said that his visit to India and Sri Lanka will provide an opportunity for the minister to outline changes to the general skilled migration program and the completion of the Knight Review. (Colombo Gazette)