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Sri Lankan asylum-seeker claims wrong

2013 Jul 06

Paul Maley and Ben Packham  

AFGHAN asylum-seekers outnumbered Sri Lankans by two to one in 2009, casting doubt on Labor's claim that its failure to toughen immigration policy after Sri Lanka's civil war was pivotal in the revival of the smuggling trade.

As Foreign Minister Bob Carr signalled a crackdown on asylum-seekers who discard their identity papers, an analysis of boat arrival figures has cast doubt on the government's assertion that its failure to act swiftly on the Sri Lanka crisis was the original sin that precipitated the surge in boat arrivals that followed.

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