The Government has announced amendments to the Immigration Act to deter a mass arrival of potentially illegal migrants into New Zealand.
The amendments will:
- establish a definition of “mass arrival” in the Act
- allow detention under group warrant for an initial period of up to six months (unless Immigration New Zealand requests, or the District Court Judge directs, a shorter period of time; or where there are exceptional circumstances in individual cases)
- enable further detention on group or individual warrants for periods of up to 28 days on a warrant of commitment issued by a District Court Judge
- allow regulations to be made to suspend processing of particular asylum claims,
- streamline the processing of asylum claims and appeals.
The Bill has been referred to select committee with submissions due on 9 June 2012. The Bill has caused significant alarm within the refugee sector.
The Commission invites members of the Immigration Bar, Service providers, Former Refugees, and other interested parties to a roundtable discussion on the proposed amendments to the Immigration Act. The session aims to provide information as well as to discuss key human rights and other practical concerns with the Bill. This is an opportunity to encourage and facilitate engagement in the select committee process.
Date : Friday 25 May 2012
Time : 2.30pm – 4.30 pm
Venue : Human Rights Commission, Level 1, 44 the Terrace, Wellington
RSVP by 5pm on Friday 23 May to Michael White. Afternoon tea will be provided.
Date : Saturday 26 May 2012
Time : 10.30am – 1:00pm
Venue : Lynfield Room, Fickling Convention Centre 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings
RSVP by 5pm on Thursday 24 May to Michael White. A light lunch will be provided.