On Saturday, 18 February the Indian students, having had confirmation that all legal and political avenues to challenge their deportation orders have been exhausted, held a final public meeting to thank all their supporters and members of the Auckland Unitarian Church for giving them sanctuary. They are currently making arrangements to return to India voluntarily.
This has been a difficult and courageous stand on their part. While the outcome has not been what was sought, a spotlight has been shown on an unjust system that punishes the victims and not the perpetrators. Our hope is that the media and political leaders will continue to investigate recruitment policies of for-profit educational schools and immigration policies that permit the exploitation of international students.
Auckland Unitarian Church have been recognised and applauded widely for our leadership and commitment to the principles we hold. We are proud of our choice to offer radical hospitality.
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