Perpetual Insecurity 7d - 'Eight Years is Enough!'


‘Eight Years is Enough!’

[imagecaption] Human rights in Australia, Canberra Protest, 2019. Photo: Justice for Refugees facebook page. [/imagecaption]


‘Everyone knows if you have kids you can’t be separate a day, but what about years? I’m not a politician but I’m asking if they have kids or not. If someone didn’t see their son or daughter, could they not see them for a day? For us, our hearts are broken.’

Ali Nayyef

On 29 July 2019, more than 1,000 people, the majority of whom were temporary visa-holders, converged on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. They gathered to call for an end to temporary protection visas, for family re-union to be facilitated and for travel rights and rights to Citizenship to be granted. Some people in attendance have been living in limbo on bridging visas for more than 6 years, while others have been unable to see their wives and children for equally or longer periods of time.

Less than a month later on 12 August 2019, hundreds of bridging visa and temporary visa holders protested outside the Department of Immigration Office in Sydney during Eid with similar calls for action. Some attendees also articulated concern that the lives and families they’ve built in Australia could be torn apart if their visas are not renewed.

Mass mobilisations of temporary visa holders, despite the precarious circumstances in which they live, signifies a powerful demonstration of resistance to government policies that enforce insecurity and impermanence.


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