February, 2012
ISSN 1178-0940
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News & Issues

Review of Migration and Settlement in 2011

The Human Rights Commission has published its annual review of developments in Migration and Settlement. The review is part of the annual race relations report Tūi Tūi Tuituiā: Race Relations in 2011.

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In Memoriam: Pamela May Anderson, 31 May 1953 to 28 January 2012

Pamela May Anderson passed away in January. She was the long-time manager of the Refugee Research and Information Branch (RRIB) (Nicholson Library) – New Zealand’s only library dedicated to providing country of origin information for refugee and immigration decision making.

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Undocumented children’s right to education

For a long time the Human Rights Commission has raised concerns about undocumented children’s right to education. Therefore the Commission welcomed changes in the Immigration Act 2009 that meant it was no longer unlawful for schools to enrol children and young people who had no legal immigration status in New Zealand. 

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The Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement Journey: Department of Labour research

The Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement Journey follows a group of Bhutanese refugees from camps in Nepal through to resettlement in New Zealand.

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Refugee Council of New Zealand initiates follow-up research project on Deported Asylum Seekers

The Refugee Council of New Zealand (RCNZ) is initiating a project in 2012 to research what happens to asylum seekers whose claims for refugee status are rejected by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal and who are subsequently deported by the New Zealand authorities. 

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National Family Reunification Research nears release

A major national research project entitled “Refugee Family Reunification, Mental Health, and Resettlement Outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand,” is completed and nearing publication for release at the end of February.

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Refugee Services receives funding for new Refugee Health and Wellbeing Programme

When Demissie Tadesse Diressie started work with Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand in May 2011 as the organisation’s new Principal Advisor on Refugee Health and Wellbeing, his first goal was to identify significant barriers for former refugees in New Zealand when it comes to accessing the nation’s healthcare system.

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Refugee Road Safety Action Programme

Funding of the award-winning RASNZ Refugee Road Safety Action Programme has been fully restored with a grant of $200,000 to allow its continuing operation for the next 5 years.

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Young Refugee Community Leaders from Hamilton lend a helping hand in Christchurch

From 30 January to 2 February, a group of young refugee community leaders from the Waikato picked up shovels, helped clean areas in the eastern suburbs and visited affected families with food and gifts to show their support.

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Migrants get help in starting new life

Asking for help can be hard but it’s even more difficult for migrants settling in a new country. Settlement Support volunteers, working as mentors, can help people trying to forge a new life settle in to their new community.

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Increasing ethnic diversity in the Manawatu region

An innovative project to encourage girls from refugee families in Manawatu to join Guiding has received $7500 funding from the Newman’s Own Foundation.

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Refugee Services supports former Refugees in Palmerston North to vote for the first time

For many members of Palmerston North’s Bhutanese community, last November’s election wasn’t just their first opportunity to vote in New Zealand, it was their first ever opportunity to vote.

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Future Events

“Yes Madam, Sir” movie fundraiser

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum presents for one night only the widely acclaimed “Yes Madam, Sir”, an inspiring documentary by award-winning Australian filmmaker, Megan Doneman.

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New Settler Water Safety Reference Group

WaterSafe Auckland will hold the New Settler Water Safety Reference Group on Wednesday 15 March from 10am -12pm at WaterSafe Auckland, 3 Arawa St, Grafton, Auckland.

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For more information about the ‘Te Punange: Refugee Focus’, please contact Michael White at michaelw@hrc.co.nz

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

The views contained in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of the Human Rights Commission.