Deportees: Making the best of things and then some

Coming out of prison is a huge change even when you’re going back to family or friends. Having served their time, released prisoners have to adjust to all the ways in which the world has changed and face challenges from difficulties finding employment or accommodation through to dealing with the stigma of being a released prisoner. Imagine then, being released from prison and having to deal with not only those challenges, but also being deported back into a country without the support of friends and family. . This is the situation many deportees are facing.

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Deportees: Taken from the brink

Reintegrating back into life after an extended period of time in prison is always rife with complications, regardless of the circumstances around release. For people originally from New Zealand who end up in the Australian prison system, deportation adds a whole other level of upheaval to this process. Many of these people have been living in Australia for most of their lives – all of their adulthood and much of their childhood, too.

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