46 illegal Sri Lankan migrants deported from Australia, arrived Image source : dailymirror.lk Source : dailymirror.lk A total of 46 Sri Lankans repatriated from Australia were brought back to Sri Lanka onboard an Australian Border Force (ABF) vessel for the first time and disembarked at the Port of Colombo on Friday. These illegal migrants were taken into custody by the ABF while attempting to enter Australia illegally via sea by boats. They disembarked from the Australian ABF patrol vessel ‘Ocean Shield’ and were handed over to the Sri Lankan authorities in keeping with the healthcare procedures to contain the spread of COVID 19 followed by preliminary health checkups. Recalling the long-standing close cooperation between the two countries, the ABF Regional Director for South Asia, Commander Chris Waters said they have repatriated 183 individuals from Australia following six unsuccessful illegal maritime crossings since May this year. “No policy changes in Australian side in ...

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms unauthorised vessel from Sri Lanka has been intercepted   Source:abc.net.au The Prime Minister has used his last appearance before voting closes to confirm an unauthorised vessel from Sri Lanka has been intercepted on its way to Australia. Speaking after casting his ballot in his home electorate of Cook in Sydney, Mr Morrison told journalists reports of an interception were correct. “I can confirm that there’s been an interception of a vessel en route to Australia. That vessel has been intercepted in accordance with the policies of government and they’re following those normal protocols,” he said. “In the interests of full transparency in the middle of an election campaign, the Labor Party was advised of this and a statement has been issued by the border protection authorities.” Minister blames Labor for boat attempts under her watch The Home Affairs Minister, Karen Andrews, told media the interception was the ...

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