Dozens of Sri Lankan asylum seekers who arrived undetected in Western Australia a lot more than two years back are even now being processed by the Department of Immigration and Border Safety.
A overall of 66 gentlemen, women and kids ended up taken into the treatment of the section right after arriving in Geraldton on a tuna fishing boat in April 2013.
Even though the vessel they arrived on has been donated to a museum, numerous of these who have been on board are nonetheless ready to have their destiny decided.
The Section has verified that 38 men and women have been returned to Sri Lanka, a single has acquired a short-term defense visa and 27 are at numerous phases of the software procedure or possessing their case reviewed.
Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul described the wait around time as agonising and soul destroying.
“They are just in complete limbo they can not go ahead, they are unable to go back, they can’t reunite with their loved ones and in many, numerous cases they have not got the correct to function, they have acquired no entry to authorized assist,” he stated.
“So it is an very hard circumstance for individuals, even to get the issues collectively to empower them to make the software, enable on your own go beyond that if it will come to a question of creating appeals… with out English, without authorized assistance, not know[ing] the lawful techniques… [it is] really, really tough.”
Mr Rintoul said lengthy waiting around moments have been “really common” and a deliberate bureaucratic delay tactic by the Federal Government.
“We require proper assist in the local community, individuals ought to be in a position to have the right to work, they ought to be capable to get authorized support for their applications, there should be ample immigration officers and tribunal members so that these entire issues can be dealt with correctly,” he explained.
“Beyond that, we need to get rid of the whole adversarial frame of mind which now informs the complete way the Government and the procedures truly tackle people’s purposes.
“It by no means used to be the scenario, but now built in to the entire deterrence and punitive mindset to folks who arrive by boat, is an adversarial perspective.
“The frame of mind is that ‘we disbelieve you’ and what you have to do is really prove a specific scenario and that also I believe will get in the way of really receiving to the truth and processing people’s statements quickly.”
The Division of Immigration and Border Defense has been contacted for remark.
The workplace for the Minister for Immigration and Border Defense, Peter Dutton, has also been contacted by the ABC.
Subjects: immigration, refugees, federal-govt, geraldton-6530
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