"Following Them Home: The Fate of the Returned Asylum Seekers" by David Corlett. [review]
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David Corlett has travelled to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, and even Thailand, where the Department of Immigration has sent some middle eastern asylum seekers whom they couldn’t dispose of elsewhere, to find out what has befallen those sent back. He relates the tale of Jafara, a detainee on Nauru, who could not use a telephone until given permission by the International Organisation for Migration, the multinational company engaged to run the detention centre. By the time Jafar was allowed to call his family, months after he arrived on Nauru, they had left without leaving a forwarding address. When he was sent back to Afghanistan, he had lost touch with them irretrievably. He is now living in Pakistan, at 22, with no future and no family.