PLEASE HELP STOP THE GOVERNMENT FROM SENDING THESE CHILDREN AWAY FROM AUSTRALIA!
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Talk about our unfair immigration system! Koku ‘Michael’ and Eva Wotodzo arrived in Australia in June 2006 with their 3-month old daughter, Perpetua. Since then the immigration requirements have changed and the family has been kept waiting for years pending decisions about their case.
Eleven years later and they have three beautiful children: Perpetua (11), Marcus (7) and Francis (4). Australia is the only home that these children have ever known. If forced to leave they will be sent to a country where they don’t even speak the language!
Perpetua and Marcus are in primary school, with a growing circle of friends, whilst Francis will be starting kindergarten in 2018. Our son, Matthew (4) enjoys playing with them.
We met the family in October 2006. In the years that we have known them we have seen the family integrate well into Australian society, under circumstances that have often been difficult and exacerbated by the long-term uncertainty of their immigration case.
In December 2008, Mr Wotodzo graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Business and Economics degree. Since then, he has been employed by Flinders Business School as a Tutor and Casual Lecturer. He is teaching microeconomics and quantitative methods in the business school at Finders University. Mrs Wotodzo has been working on casual basis as Contract Interpreter for ABC International. She has a Diploma in Bilingual Secretaryship (French - English) and a Certificate in Medical Reception & Practical Medical Terminology from Australia.
The family has been paying taxes and has been contributing to the Australian economy. The family has integrated very well into the Australian community.
The Minister of Immigration has the power to grant any person a visa in a situation where it is in the public interest to do so. We believe that it is in the public interest to grant someone who is highly educated, like Mr Wotodzo, a visa to stay in Australia and continue to make a positive contribution in our education system.
Further, his children consider Australia to be their home. In addition, it is inhuman to return this family to Togo which is a country that is listed by the World Health Organization as endemic for yellow fever. The Australian Department of health has listed Togo as a yellow fever risk country.
We need your support to advocate for this family and to urge the Minister of Immigration to grant this family a permanent visa. Mr Wotodzo, but for the Minister’s amendment of the occupation list, would’ve been entitled to obtain a permanent visa based on his qualifications and experience. Please sign this petition and if you have any comments, please feel free to write it down.
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