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Better to die at sea, than languish in poverty

 IPS 02 March 2019

For most Sri Lankans seeking asylum in Australia, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, just a sad return journey home. Since Australia launched Operation Sovereign Borders in September 2013 at least 15 boats have been turned back at sea. Last year only one boat reportedly reached Australia. Officials claim that the new screening process saves lives and assures that Australian asylum policies are not abused. Yet the policy has been criticised by activists as well as rights groups, and may not deter those most desperate for asylum. “There is no hope here; even risking death [to reach Australia] is worth it,” says one young Sri Lankan. (1166 Words) - By Amantha Perera

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For most Sri Lankans seeking asylum in Australia, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, just a sad return journey home.  Photo: Amantha Perera/IPS

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