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A boatload of Sri Lankan asylum seekers was transported to the recently reopened Christmas Island detention center (photo) before being sent home on Wednesday

Smuggling people to bring 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Australia fails because Border Force intercepts the boat in operation that has not been seen for five years

  • Boat load of 20 asylum seekers sent back to Sri Lanka on Wednesday
  • Operation Sovereign Borders officers saw the boat to Australia
  • Australian naval ship transported them to Christmas Island detention center
  • Groep were the first asylum seekers in five years to come to Christmas Island by sea
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A boat of 20 asylum seekers, including a baby, returned to Sri Lanka after their ship was intercepted by the Australian authorities.

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Operation Sovereign Borders officers saw the boat to Australian Northwest coast last week during air patrols in the Indian Ocean.

An Australian naval ship transported the group to the recently reopened Christmas Island detention center, where they were detained for several days before being sent home on Wednesday with a government charter. The Australian reported.

A boatload of Sri Lankan asylum seekers was transported to the recently reopened Christmas Island detention center (photo) before being sent home on Wednesday

A boatload of Sri Lankan asylum seekers was transported to the recently reopened Christmas Island detention center (photo) before being sent home on Wednesday

Government sources told the publication that no one in the group had a legitimate reason to apply for asylum in Australia.

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The boatload was the first asylum seeker to arrive by sea in five years time to Christmas Island, 1,500 kilometers northwest of mainland Australia, where they underwent health and safety checks.

It is clear that they left Sri Lanka earlier this month, just a few weeks after the devastating Easter terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed more than 250 people across the country.

The Ministry of the Interior confirmed that it intercepted human trafficking.

& # 39; The Australian authorities recently intercepted an attempt to illegally smuggle people from Sri Lanka & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson Sydney Morning Herald.

& # 39; Twenty people on board the ship were returned to Sri Lanka after attempting the dangerous and illegal voyage. & # 39;

An Australian naval ship transported the asylum seekers to Christmas Island (stock photo)
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An Australian naval ship transported the asylum seekers to Christmas Island (stock photo)

An Australian naval ship transported the asylum seekers to Christmas Island (stock photo)

Daily Mail Australia contacted the Australian Border Guard and the Ministry of the Interior for further comments.

Operation Sovereign Borders is a border protection operation initiated by the coalition government in 2013 under the leadership of the Australian defense force, aimed at stopping asylum seekers to reach the coast of Australia.

About 186 Sri Lankan men, women and children of 10 people – smuggling observations that have returned to Sri Lanka since 2013.

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More than 50,000 asylum seekers came to Australia by boat under the previous Labor government, while an estimated 1,200 drown while Labor was in the government in 2007-2013.

A group of 17 Vietnamese citizens made it into the Daintree rainforest in the far north of Queensland until August before they were flown to Christmas Island before being sent home.

Operation Sovereign Borders officers saw the boat to the northwest coast of Australia during patrols in the Indian Ocean last week (stock photo)

Operation Sovereign Borders officers saw the boat to the northwest coast of Australia during patrols in the Indian Ocean last week (stock photo)

Operation Sovereign Borders officers saw the boat to the northwest coast of Australia during patrols in the Indian Ocean last week (stock photo)

The Christmas Island detention center was reopened earlier this year to guard against a feared influx of asylum seeker boats.

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& # 39; It's my job to make sure the boats don't come & # 39 ;, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison then.

& # 39; My job is to do everything within my power, and in the power of the government, to ensure that what Parliament has done to weaken our borders does not lead to boats coming to Australia. & # 39;

The prime minister spent $ 185 million reopening the detention center to accommodate refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island because they needed medical assessments in Australia.

It is clear that no medical transferees have yet been taken to the facility.

The recent budget revealed that the government would try to repeal the laws and close the center by July.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Christmas Island when the detention center was reopened
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Christmas Island when the detention center was reopened

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Christmas Island when the detention center was reopened

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