Written by Staff Writer
06 Oct, 2014 | 2:30 pm
Reuters has reported that the Sri Lankan government has requested the assistance of the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR to resettle scores of asylum seekers stating that many are economic migrants and a threat to the security and health of the country .
Sri Lankan envoy to the United Nations in Geneva Samantha Jayasuriya ,in a statement to the UNHCR Executive Committee told the United Nations had not dealt with asylum seekers whose applications had been turned down, leaving them to be a burden on the country.
she noted that over the last two years, Sri Lanka has seen a 700 percent increase in the arrival of asylum seekers adding that those whose applications were rejected, should be resettled to a third country.
Samantha Jayasuriya went on to state that Sri Lanka was sheltering refugees even though it is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention..
According to the UNHCR, at least 88 Pakistanis have been deported since August 1 in what the agency said was a breach of international law.
It has called for an end to the deportations and demanded access to 75 detained people awaiting deportation.
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