Another 60 Sri Lankan refugees who were at refugee camps in South India arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday.
They are residents of Killinochchi, Mulaitivu, Mannar, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Jaffna.
According to statistics more than 1,00,000 Sri Lankan refugees are in Tamil Nadu, out of which some 68,000 are housed in 112 government-run camps. In total there are 146,098 Sri Lankan registered refugees in 64 countries including India, France, Canada, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Malaysia, Australia, the United States and Italy.
Meanwhile another 36 men belonging to the group that were deported from Christmas Island within two days also arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport last afternoon.
About 196 Sri Lankans have been deported since August 13 after Australia implemented the new Immigration and Emigration regulations.
In July 2010, the UNHCR said, given the cessation of hostilities, Sri Lankans originating from the north of the country are no longer in need of international protection under broader refugee criteria or complementary forms of protection solely on the basis of risk of indiscriminate harm.
The UN Refugee Agency releasing its report on July 5, 2010, titled 'Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Sri Lanka', further said that human rights and security situation in Sri Lanka has improved.
'In light of the improved human rights and security situation in Sri Lanka, there is no longer a need for group-based protection mechanisms or for a presumption of eligibility for Sri Lankans of Tamil ethnicity originating from the north of the country', UNHCR report stated.