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Sri Lanka's Fleeing Tamils

Facts in this article regarding ill treatment of ethnic Tamils in the North and East in the Country today, seems to be highly exaggerated. Among the 30 people in the boat detected near Indonesia in last June could be Sri Lankan Tamils who were living in Refuge Camps in India for the past 10-20 years who try to migrate to Australia for economic reasons. There had been many news articles about Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India returning to the Country in the recent past. The latest about two groups of 35 and 36 Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu camps in India, arriving in Sri Lanka in June and july 2016 under the voluntary repatriation program facilitated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The total number so arrived during the period from 2011 to July 2016 had been 4870. Figures could be verified by Richard Plotter by verifying UNHCR as well as Sri Lanka Govt web site Under these circumstances creating stories to bring in sympathy out of an isolated boat trip to Australia probably for economic reasons is not of good taste.
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