Australia to deport asylum seeker family to Sri Lanka next year

A Tamil asylum seeker family who made their home in a small Queensland town will be deported to Sri Lanka, after the Federal Court on Friday rejected their bid to stay in Australia, SBS Australia reported.

Nadesalingam, Priya and their two daughters made an eleventh-hour appeal to the Federal Court in August after they were taken into detention in March, but their appeal was rejected on Friday.

The judge ordered the deportation of Nadesalingam, Priya and their two daughters, but not before 1 February 2019.

They settled in the small Queensland town of Biloela, where they have become ingrained in the local community.

But they and their Australian-born daughters were removed from their home in March and placed in a Melbourne detention centre, after Priya’s bridging visa expired.

The family was issued deportation notices in June after the federal government ruled they couldn’t stay.

But their removal from Australia has been on hold while the Federal Court appeal was considered.

Family friend and Biloela resident Angela Fredericks said the two young girls should be flying to their hometown for Christmas, not being kept in detention.

More than 140,000 Australians have signed a petition urging Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to return the family to Biloela.

“Mr Dutton had the power to end this family’s ordeal on day one and he still has that power now,” Ms Fredericks said.

“Please, Mr Dutton: listen to the 140,000 Australians that are standing with these two little Queenslanders and their loving mum and dad. Bring them home to Biloela.” (Colombo Gazette)


  1. This family has cost the Australian people millions in legal fees all for a plight that was doomed from the very beginning, jumping on a boat to try to gain access to Australia is something many from Sri Lanka have felt they are for some reason entitled to do and for to long the Australian government has believed their sob stories but NO more, it has been proven time and time again that those fleeing Sri Lanka are nothing more than opportunists and economic migrants neither Australia needs or wants.

  2. Currently I am in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Tamils have no problem whatsoever. If anyone has a desire to study and work hard can have a good life here. Particularly, this family still needs an interpreter for English language. They have been living in Australia since 2012, but didn’t bother to improve the language. Australia should not entertain this family but deport them to Sri Lanka ASAP. Australia should give an opportunity to hard working Sri Lankans under skill migration program who have reasonable qualifications and work experience.

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