Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Paul Stephens, told the media that both Sri Lanka and Australia continue to work together to curb people smuggling.
“People smuggling has been an issue which has lasted for several years and is not new. Australia is helping Sri Lanka in capacity building to deal with people smuggling,” said Stephens.
“No boats from Sri Lanka have made it to Australia. No illegal entrants from Sri Lanka have made it to Australia,” he said.
“There is a system in place for anyone seeking refugee status in Australia through its humanitarian settlement program and such applications will be assessed by the UN refugee agency,” he added.