Nadesalingam and Priya, two Tamil asylum seekers who met and married in Australia after arriving separately by boat, have been detained since March last year prompting a nationwide outcry. [Angela Fredericks/Al Jazeera]

Melbourne, Australia – A Sri Lankan Tamil refugee family, including two toddlers born in Australia, remain in detention thousands of kilometres off the country’s northwestern coast, despite a United Nations request that the family be allowed to return to the rural Australian town where they have lived for the past three years.

The young family of four was suddenly removed from their home in an early morning raid by immigration officials in March last year, prompting a nationwide outcry in a country known for its hardline approach to asylum seekers and

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