United Future leader Peter Dunne is calling for a complete review of New Zealand’s refugee policy in the wake of a critical report from Changemakers Refugee Forum and New Zealand National Refugee Network.
The report “Marking time – Experiences of successful asylum seekers in Aotearoa New Zealand” has been launched and indicates that Aotearoa NZ is barely meeting its international commitments recognising the right of people to claim and enjoy asylum. ‘As a country we provide a very basic level of support for people claiming asylum and those recognised as Convention refugees. Our research found that even at this most basic level there were inequities and inconsistencies regarding information about support mechanisms and how they could be accessed.’ – Alia Bloom, Research Coordinator at ChangeMakers Refugee Forum.
The Tindall Foundation supported Changemakers Refugee Forum with a donation to undergo this research as we believe those seeking asylum in Aotearoa NZ are entitled to the very best support when they arrive and settle in our country. Read more here: Scoop TVNZ Stuff Changemakers Refugee Forum
Read the research here.