She was school captain at her Brisbane high school and finished top of her class, but Soumi Gopalakrishnan’s dream of going to university in Australia to study medicine is now in doubt because of her refugee status.

The 19-year-old and her family, who are Tamil, fled Sri Lanka four years ago. They are now facing deportation after their application for a Safe Haven visa was rejected by the government. An appeal is currently before the courts.  SBS News – 23/11/18

Release of Custody Agreement

The four-year Australia–Cambodia refugee settlement agreement expired. Under the agreement, refugees in Nauru could receive refugee protection in Cambodia. Of seven refugees transferred, six have returned home and one remains in Cambodia. The cost of the agreement to Australia was around $55 million.

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