Sri Lankans deported from Australia

Another group of Sri Lankan nationals were deported to Sri Lanka on a charter flight to Colombo from Christmas Island today, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said today.

The group of 30 single adult males had arrived on a number of boats over the last week or so, the High Commission said in a statement.

They were advised of their status and that they were subject to removal from Australia. They raised no issues that engaged Australia’s international obligations.

Without a valid visa they had no legal right to remain in Australia and were removed at the earliest opportunity.

People who pay smugglers are risking their lives and throwing their money away. There is no visa awaiting them on arrival, no speedy outcome, and no special treatment.

“The government is committed to breaking the people smuggling trade and preventing people from taking these dangerous boats to Australia. We will continue to regularly transfer people to Nauru and shortly to Manus Island. And where appropriate, the government will certainly continue to return people where they do not engage Australia’s international obligations,” the Australian High Commission said.

Since 13 August, 156 Sri Lankans have returned home from Australia – both voluntarily and involuntarily – as people realise that these smugglers only sell lies and false promises about what awaits people in Australia, the High Commission said.

People returned involuntarily do not have access to reintegration assistance.