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Indian ’s death in Sydney highlights one of the saddest immigration stories

Indian’s death in Sydney highlights one of the saddest immigration stories

Sydney: The death of an Indian immigrant who lived under appalling conditions in Australia has highlighted the flaws in the country’s immigration system, an official said on Aug 17.
According to Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon, the death of Manjit Singh was one of the saddest stories he ever heard, describing it as a “21st-century retelling” of George Orwell’s “How the poor die”, the Geelong Advertiser reported.
Singh arrived in Australia in February 2006, thinking that his promised $43,000 a year salary would allow him to support his family in India.
He was sponsored by Anmol Holdings, a company trading as north Indian flavour in Darlinghurst.
The Indian was living in a slave-like condition, sleeping in the restaurant’s storeroom, malnourished and working 16 hours a day with little pay.
He died in 2011 from the complications of his once-latent tuberculosis, which flared up due to malnourishment, folate deficient and severe vitamin D deficiency.
An inquest into his death was heard on Aug 17.
Dillon said that according to counsel for department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), the current system was “not broken, so there is no need to fix it”.
“I hope that DIBP is not so complacent that it thinks that Manjit Singh’s case is unimportant for what it reveals about the potential threats to the welfare of 457 visa (temporary) holders, and for public health,” Dillon said.
“And I hope that DIBP is not so complacent that it believes its systems cannot be improved,” he added.
Dillon said he would be writing to the immigration minister about the case.
He also recommended that authorities work together to find the optimal policy for ensuring the health and welfare of temporary visa holders.
“I hope that DIBP is not so complacent that it thinks that Manjit Singh’s case is unimportant for what it reveals about the potential threats to the welfare of 457 visa (temporary) holders, and for public health,” Dillon said.

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  1. Avatar for Sunil
    Devi Patarao

    tHIS IS INDEED VERY SAD AND TRAGIC…. I am imagining his em0loyer was and Indian person? This is common … they are brought here under false pretensions… probably did not receive his proper pay … and died a sad and lonely death in poverty and neglect… this is a sad reflection of how the Indian people treat their own… and it does not stop there… it goes for asians as well…. What has been done to the owner of the company. He needs to be made answerable for the death of Manjit. Hopefully, others will come forward.

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