Counter Human Smugling
Forty – one (41) illegal immigrants held by Australian Border Force deported back to Sri Lanka
The Australian Border Force on 02nd May 2023 held 41 Sri Lankan nationals at the Australia’s maritime border, while they were attempting to illegally migrate to Australia via sea. A special flight, carrying the group of 41 Sri Lankans deported by Australian authorities, arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on 09th May 2023.
10 May 2023
Navy foils illegal immigration attempt and apprehends 06 persons in Mannar
The Sri Lanka Navy apprehended 06 persons suspected of illegal immigration to a foreign country via sea. The apprehension was made during a search operation conducted off Erukkalampiddi, Mannar on 05th May 2023. The operation also led to the seizure of a dinghy used for this illegal act.
06 May 2023
23 Sri Lankan nationals strayed into Vietnam waters deported to Sri Lanka
A Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessel carrying 303 Sri Lankan nationals was reported to be in distress in Vietnam Seas on 07th November 2022. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Colombo stationed at the Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters promptly coordinated the rescue of this group of people whom were temporarily settled in Vietnam upon rescuing. Among the rescued Sri Lankans, 151 were deported from Vietnam and they arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake on 28th December 2022. In the same vein, 23 more Sri Lankans whom were deported subsequently arrived in Katunayake on 19th April.
21 Apr 2023