46 Sri Lankan migrants stranded at sea rescued

Friday, 04 January 2013 - 13:03

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A GROUP of 46 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers has been rescued after spending Christmas and the New Year drifting about 330 nautical miles off Sumatra in a failed bid to enter Australia.

 

Indonesian search and rescue agency Basarnas was first alerted to the disabled vessel on December 23rd by Australian authorities after a tip-off from a recently arrived asylum-seeker.

 

But the stranded boatpeople were not picked up until Tuesday by a nearby merchant ship and were transferred to an Indonesian search and rescue vessel before being taken to the Indonesian port of Teluk Bayur in Padang yesterday.

 

A fourfold increase in people-smuggler networks in Sri Lanka has driven a huge increase in the number of economic migrants seeking entry to Australia.

 

The government has responded by returning home Sri Lankan asylum-seekers without legitimate claims, with the Immigration Department confirming yesterday that 832 have been returned since August 13th.



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