France splashes out to deport Sri Lankans from Indian Ocean territory

By Manuel Sanson (Le

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On May 27th 2019 two women and 16 men from Sri Lanka arrived to claim asylum in one of France’s furthest-flung territories: the Indian Ocean département or county of Mayotte. Barely a fortnight later, 12 of the 18 had been deported and flown to Colombo on an expensively-chartered plane in a move designed to discourage other Sri Lankans from following in their footsteps.