Sri Lanka has received Rs. 230 million (A$ 3 million) from the Australian government to resettle refugees returning from India, officials said Tuesday. Sri Lanka has received Rs. 230 million (A$ 3 million) from the Australian government to resettle refugees returning from India, officials said Tuesday. Channeled through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the funds will also help returning refugees secure employment and rebuild livelihoods.
Nearly two thirds of refugees risk their lives for a rickety boat ride through Indian Ocean waters back home, with official channels taking as long as six months for travel and exit documents.
“This programme will also better integrate returnees into their local community by providing information on what government services are available to them, including in health and education, as well as educating them on the risk of landmines,” Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Greg French said.
Anything from 50 to 150 families make the journey from India each month, with about 1,000 people helped by IOM so far.
Once here, IOM helps out with shelter, local registration, national iden