About 148 Sri Lankan men, women and children were returned to their homeland Thursday after arriving in Benin.
It's believed the group was planning to come to Canada and were shaken down by human smugglers while transiting through the West African nation.
Canadian police and intelligence agencies succeed yet again in interrupting another human smuggling plot," Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees was on hand from the start to explain they had a right to seek asylum in Benin, but the group decided instead to return to Sri Lanka.
492 and 76 Sri Lankan asylum- seekers applied for the refugee accommodation in Canada.
By sending them to SriLanka Canada as stopped the human smuggling, Canadian website reports.