Murugappans moved into “community detention” in Perth, thousands of miles from her home, while the youngest daughter struggles with a deadly infection.
Australia says it will allow a Tamil family of four to leave immigration detention on remote Christmas Island, but instead of allowing them to return home to Queensland, it will place them in “community detention” in the western city of Queensland. Perth, about 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) away.
The Murugappans, whose two children were born in Australia, were sent to Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, after the asylum claims of Fathers Nades and Priya were rejected, and while the courts examined their legal appeals and the situation of their youngest daughter, Tharunicca.
His situation returned to the spotlight last week after the three-year-old had to be. medically evacuated to a Perth hospital due to a serious blood infection that is believed to have developed as a result of untreated pneumonia.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who did not mention the family by name, said that in making his decision, he “balanced the government’s ongoing commitment to sound border protection policies with appropriate compassion in the circumstances that involve detained children “.
Angela Fredericks, a friend of the Murugappans who has been leading the campaign for her return, said that while news of the family reunion was welcome, they should be allowed to return to Biloela.
“Community detention is no guarantee of security and peace for this family,” Fredericks said in a statement. “Nades is looking forward to working at Biloela again to support her young family, Priya wants to enroll Kopika in Biloela State School to continue her education and we promised little Tharni a big birthday party when “He came home. Australia knows that this family’s house is in Biloela.”
The family of four was abruptly removed from their homes during an early-morning raid by immigration officers in March 2018 and sent to an immigration detention center in Melbourne, the second largest city. of Australia. His case sparked a nationwide outcry in a notorious country for its harsh approach to asylum seekers and refugees, sending thousands who tried to reach “maritime processing centers” by sea and telling them that they will never be allowed to settle in the country.
Nadesalingam and Priya, who are Tamils from Sri Lanka, arrived separately by boat in 2012 and 2013 and applied for asylum. They met and married in Australia, but were arrested after Priya’s visa expired.
“The government would not have removed the family from detention this week if Tharunicca had not become seriously ill,” Michelle Grattan of the University of Canberra wrote in the Conversation. “To the extent that the government is exercising compassion now, it is compassion driven by the bad publicity it suffers.”
Writing on Twitter, opposition leader Antony Albanese recalled visiting Biloela in 2019 and the community’s love for the young family: “It was clear that this family should be allowed to go home to Biloela. Let’s finish it. ” He said.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk also showed her support for the family.
“He is very far from Biloela, where his friends and neighbors have campaigned for so many years for his freedom,” he said in a statement. “Biloela is a community of 6,000 people. Everyone knows and cares. I look forward to the day when the family can welcome Bilo ”.
In October 2019, the United Nations requested that Australia allow the family to stay and gave the government 30 days to comply.
Last week, Home Secretary Karen Andrews said the government was studying “resettlement options” for the family, but in a third country rather than Australia.
Although born in Australia, Tharunicca and Kopika, they are not entitled to Australian citizenship by birth.
In August 2019, an attempt was made to deport the family after rejecting their asylum applications, but a Federal Court judge issued a last-minute court order forcing Darwin to land his plane, which was directed to Sri Lanka. His lawsuit continues.