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Perpetual Insecurity 9c - Negative Pathways: the road to deportation

Deathscapes

‘Negative Pathways’: the road to forced deportation

An illustration of Priya, Nades and their girls. Captions read 'We can't keep calling this country the land of the fair go when babies are ripped from their beds and thrown into prisons'.
[imagecaption] An illustration of Priya, Nades and their girls. Captions read 'We can't keep calling this country the land of the fair go when babies are ripped from their beds and thrown into prisons'.Artwork: Soolagna M Creative, 2018.Painting on building wall of Priya, Nades and girls. Text above reads 'Let Them Stay'.‘Let Them Stay’, Narrm (Melbourne), 2018. Artwork: Van T Rudd. [/imagecaption]

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For people living in the community on a bridging visa, a negative decision on their protection visa application, or failure in a court of appeal, can result in re-detention and imminent deportation. Border Force can raid a person’s home at any time and whisk them away. In July 2018, a Tamil father was deported to Sri Lanka, despite his 10 month old child and wife being granted a SHEV. The separation under these circumstances, which has been condemned by the UNHCR, could be permanent, or at best for the foreseeable future.

Only weeks following the traumatic death of Saruuan Aljhelie at Yongah Hill IDC and the ensuing unrest, a Tamil man was taken from the centre and deported with a dozen other men on a Skytraders charter flight to Sri Lanka. Just days later, an Iraqi man who had a Federal Circuit Court hearing scheduled for the following week was suddenly deported.

There have been several publicly reported cases of people who have feared re-detention and deportation as a result of the threat of persecution in their countries of origin. This has included a Hazara man who feared persecution at the hands of the Taliban, two Christian asylum seekers who feared return to Egypt and a Tamil man who feared torture in Sri Lanka.


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