Discussions are in place to deport over 300 Sri Lankans who have been apprehended in Indonesia for entering the country illegally.
The External Affairs Ministry quoted the Ambassador of Indonesia in Colombo as saying that his country is a transit point for those who want to travel illegally to Australia. He said that at present there are several hundred Sri Lankans in detention centers in Indonesia. He observed that during the last two years there had been a rise in the number of Sri Lankans who arrive in Indonesia legally and then travel to Australia illegally.
Indonesia has tightened its security to thwart such efforts and will cooperate with Sri Lanka in this regard. The Ambassador said that currently discussions are underway to repatriate approximately 342 Sri Lankan illegal migrants who had been apprehended in Indonesia.
The External Affairs Ministry said Sri Lanka is collaborating with several other countries in the region to put a halt to illegal migration and human smuggling from Sri Lanka. The Ministry pointed out that illegal migrants openly abuse the immigration systems and humanitarian procedures of destination countries.