Twenty Sri Lankans travelling illegally, in an Australia bound vessel
had been sent back, the Australian High Commission in Colombo announced on May
30th according to Sri Lankan media reports.
The following is the text of a statement issued by the AHC:
"Australia remains committed to protecting its borders, stamping out
people smuggling, and preventing people from risking their lives at sea.
Australian High Commissioner, to Sri Lanka David Holly, warned anyone
considering illegal migration not to be fooled by the lies and false
advertising of people smugglers.
No change in tough border protection
policies of Australia
As the return of these people shows, there has been no change to
Australia’s tough border protection policies following Australia’s recent
Federal Election," the statement quoted High Commissioner Holly as having
Australia has zero tolerance for people smuggling, and people who
attempt to come to Australia illegally by boat have zero chance of