Foreign Refugees in Sri Lanka increase by 700 percent
The Ministry of External Affairs in statement said that asylum seekers are being encouraged to return to their countries of origin, in the vital security interests of Sri Lanka and the region.
This was in reply to a number of inquiries on the return of individual asylum seekers, mainly of Pakistan origin.
The Ministry of External Affairs also stated that in March 2013, when these numbers began to increase, the Sri Lankan Government requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to assist by taking certain measures, but they have not been done as yet.
The influx of asylum seekers and their tendency not to have an established place of residence has resulted in serious law & order, security, as well as health related issues for the authorities.
Sri Lanka's Ministry of External Affairs said the number of refugees or asylum seekers had risen by 700 percent in the 2013-2014 period.
A State cannot be expected to carry a burden of this nature for an indefinite period of time.
Therefore, these asylum seekers are being encouraged to return, in the vital security interests of Sri Lanka and the region.