An Interview on the Case of the 155 Tamil Refugees


  • Refuge Editor Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
  • Sri Guggan Sri-Skanda-Rajah Toronto Refugee Affairs Council and Tamil Eelam Society of Canada



Tamil Refugees, Refugee Policy, Administrative Review, Safety and Security, Violence, West German, Canada


Last August, 155 Tamil refugees were found cramped in two lifeboats off the shores of Newfoundland. They had come from West Germany. However, for four days they claimed that they had sailed from South India, before finally revealing the true origin of their journey. Their arrival stirred a national controversy. Refuge decided to interview Sri Guggan Sri-Skanda-Rajah, a community legal aid worker at the Jane-Finch Community Legal Aid Clinic, to discuss their fate. Mr. Sri-Skanda-Rajah is also Vice-Chair of the Toronto Refugee Affairs Council and Public Relations Co-ordinator, Tamil Eelam Society of Canada.


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How to Cite

Refuge Editor, & Sri-Skanda-Rajah, S. G. (1986). An Interview on the Case of the 155 Tamil Refugees. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 6(1), 8–9.

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