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Boat the only option for fleeing SriLankans

April 23, 2009

The Wire : Boat the only option for fleeing SriLankans
Produced by Annie Hastwell

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Last night saw another boat carrying 32 Sri Lankan men intercepted off the Western Australian coast. As the situation in Sri Lanka worsens Australia is expecting more such boats. It’s a dangerous trip – last week’s tragic fire underlines that. Why don’t asylum seekers just stop when they reach the safety of Indonesia, or catch a plane to Australia. Indonesian expert Dr Damian Kingsbury from Deakin University explained why neither is an option for fleeing SriLankans. But he says fears that more and more will arrive here by boat are unfounded as its very difficult to esacpe the country at the moment.

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