To: Iain Lees-Galloway

Equal support for Convention Refugees

Equal support for Convention Refugees

We request that all rights, services and support under the Government Refugee Resettlement Strategy be extended to people who have been granted legal status as Convention refugees.

Why is this important?

The Asylum Seeker Equality Project, initiated by the Human Rights team of the Wellington Community Justice Project and ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, seeks to secure equal resettlement support for all refugees in New Zealand.

People granted Convention refugee status, commonly known as asylum seekers, are people who claim asylum upon arrival in New Zealand. In comparison, people with Quota refugee status are brought to New Zealand under the UNHCR Resettlement Programme. This is the only practical difference between the statuses. People under each status come from the same war-stricken circumstances and flee the same persecution.

Despite this, only people with Quota refugee status receive official help and support upon their arrival to New Zealand. Through the Government’s Refugee Resettlement Strategy, they receive help with resettlement, accommodation, employment and education for the first 12 months of their life in New Zealand. These processes are imperative to meaningful resettlement.

People with Convention refugee status are denied this support and suffer increased hardship across all sectors of their lives. They endure human rights violations, harsh living conditions and are immediately marginalised by the government policy, making their transition into New Zealand society incredibly difficult.

By signing this petition you acknowledge that the New Zealand House of Representatives has a moral obligation to ensure all people with refugee status in New Zealand receive the same treatment and support.

Read the extensive nature of the inequalities in ChangeMakers's report "Marking Time" here: http://goo.gl/XvIUNF


Reasons for signing

  • There is a huge difference between economic and conflict refugees. Once we recognise that a refugee is genuine (not economic) then we should provide every aid to help them integrate and thrive here.
  • I signed because a society's claims to civilization can be judged by its treatment of the most vulnerable.
  • It's a way of loving God-how we treat foreigners and less advantaged. Or more simply put: treat others how you want to be treated.

Updates

2016-09-23 11:36:13 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2016-09-21 14:07:53 +1200

500 signatures reached

2016-08-24 00:07:30 +1200

100 signatures reached

2016-08-23 19:16:54 +1200

50 signatures reached

2016-08-20 18:15:57 +1200

25 signatures reached

2016-08-19 16:19:09 +1200

10 signatures reached