The minister made this statement at a press conference held at the SLFP Headquarters today (03).
Among them 728 are refugees while another 605 are those seeking political asylum, he said.
He said the United Nations Refugee Commission is looking into the applications of those seeking political asylum and if their claims are proven they will be sent to a suitable country and if their claims are proved false, they will be sent back to their country of origin.
The Minister added that the highest number of them, 1037 are from Pakistan.
Among them are 190 from Afghanistan, 18 from Iran, 11 from Maldives, 36 from Myanmar, 10 from Palestine, 14 from Somalia, One from Syria, One from Tunisia, 13 from Yemen and two from Nigeria.