Detained Refugee Family Arrives Home in Central Queensland After Four Years

A Tamil family who were detained by the Australian Border Force in 2018 arrived home on June 10, to the central Queensland town of Biloela.

This footage streamed by Facebook page Home to Bilo shows Nades and Priya Murugappan and their daughters Kopika and Tharnicaa smiling and waving to cheering supporters as they arrived at Thangool Airport, near Biloela.

The couple arrived in Australia a decade ago as asylum seekers and their daughters were born in Australia. They had been in detention for four years after officers from Border Force stormed their home on March 5, 2018.

Officials took the family to a Melbourne immigration detention center, and they were later sent to Christmas Island as a legal battle over their future raged.

The family were issued with bridging visas by the newly elected Labor Party government in late May. Credit: Home to Bilo via Storyful

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