Tamil asylum seeker family to be deported to Sri Lanka next year
Posted on December 21st, 2018

Courtesy SBS News

The Federal Court on Friday rejected an appeal from a Tamil family, who had settled in the small Queensland town of Biloela, to stay in Australia.

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.

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.

The parents came to Australia separately by boat in 2012 and 2013 following Sri Lanka’s civil war.

A copy image acquired Sunday, 24 June 2018 shows a family portrait of Sri Lankan Tamils Priya and Nadesalingam and their two Australian-born children.

A copy image acquired Sunday, 24 June 2018 shows a family portrait of Sri Lankan Tamils Priya and Nadesalingam and their two Australian-born children.
AAP

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.

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