Detained Refugee Family Return to Central Queensland Town

A Tamil family who were detained by the Australian Border Force in 2018 arrived at Brisbane Airport on June 10 to catch their last flight on their journey back home to the central Queensland town of Biloela.

This footage filmed by James McManagan shows Nades and Priya Murugappan and their daughters Kopika and Tharnicaa smiling and waving to reporters as they prepare to board a flight home.

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: James McManagan via Storyful

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