A group of Sri Lankans were among 106 illegal immigrants arrested in Indonesia, the Indonesian media reported today.
The seven Sri Lankans had attempted to reach Christmas Island in Australia through Indonesia’s East Java when they were arrested.
Head of Monitoring and Enforcement Immigration Immigration Office, Blitar Mochamad Sungeb said the asylum seekers were arrested when they were about to board a ship.
All 106 illegal immigrants were transferred to an immigration detention center from where they are being investigated in the presence of officials from the International Organization For Migration ( IOM ) .
Among the 106 illegal immigrants are 69 people from Somalia, 8 people from Iraq and Iran, 7 from Sri Lanka, 20 people from Sudan, 1 person from Yemen and 1 more person from Myanmar. (Colombo Gazette)