Week 25 – Refugees

Refugeeism is something I hold strong opinions about, with regard to people being allowed to enter countries and receive the support and protection they need to be able to thrive. However, I actually don’t know a lot about the processes refugees face.

What I learned

I learned that there is a quota for accepting refugees in to New Zealand (750 people per year), but that this has not increased since it was first created in 1987. The quota does not reflect the changing number of dislocated people, which is now at 50 million people worldwide, nor does it reflect populations most in need.

I also read about the process asylum seekers face when entering New Zealand. It is a long and undoubtedly stressful process for those involved, though I was happy to see people have access to resources, independent reviewers and support. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/E809F05F-60EF-4483-9272-92B0EACDB440/0/claimingrefugeeandprotectionstatusinnewzealand.pdf

Action

I have signed up to be a volunteer for the New Zealand Red Cross Refugee Resettlement Programme https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/refugee-services/.

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