Australia frees asylum seekers after public outcry.
Written by News Room on May 27, 2022
A family whose detention has focused anger over Australia’s asylum-seeker policies have won a four-year battle to return to their Queensland town.
Australia’s new government granted visas to the Murugappan family, allowing them to temporarily live and work in Biloela.
The Tamil family has been in immigration detention since 2018 after their claim for asylum was rejected.
The case sparked an outcry and locals in Biloela campaigned for their return.
Legal challenges to the decision to deny them protection remain before Australia’s courts.
Under controversial policies, Australia can hold asylum seekers like the Murugappans in indefinite detention while it assesses their refugee claims or takes steps to deport them.
But Prime Minister Anthony Albanese – who won an election last Saturday – said his government would make an exception for the Murugappans.