Refugee family in Cork refused right to remain; petition set up to keep them in Ireland

Refugee family in Cork refused right to remain; petition set up to keep them in Ireland

One of the asylum seekers centres on the Kinsale Road. Picture: Larry Cummins

ANOTHER refugee family in Cork has had their application to remain in Ireland refused.

The Singh family — made up of parents, Raminder and Haminder Kaur, and their children, Sandeep, Gursewak, and Gurcharan — arrived in Ireland in 2017, seeking asylum, and they have made Cork their home.

The family, who live in the direct provision centre on the Kinsale Road, have become an integral part of the community, according to Roos Demol, one of the founders of Citadel, the world music band based at the centre.

Ms Demol started a petition to raise awareness for the Singh family’s case to keep them in Ireland: almost 500 people have now signed it.

She said that the family will face hardship if they are forced to return to India.

“We were all shocked to hear that the Singh family has been refused the right to remain in Ireland,” Ms Demol said.

“They have been a very important part of our lives over the last three years,” she added.

“Gursewak Singh, one of the sons, is our very talented tabla player, who has performed with us throughout the year, in Cork and Ireland.

“He has become our brother and one of the most talented musicians in Citadel,” Ms Demol said.

“His younger brother, Gurcharan, is a cherished and talented member of the cricket team, KRAC-11.

“He also plays with the Cork County cricket team.

“Gurcharan goes to school in Cork and has dreams of becoming a national cricket player for Ireland,” Ms Demol said.

“Their sister, Sandeep, is a lovely young lady, who is studying to become a beautician.

“She has many friends in the college and wants to start her own business in Cork,” she added.

The Singh case has come to light just weeks after the Khan family received the news that their own case is to be reviewed.

The Khans had been faced with removal to the UK earlier this month.

However, following appeals from University College Cork, Colaiste Eamon Ris, and local TDs, Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, agreed to review their case.

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