“We have started a campaign for Asylum Seeker’s rights. It is a human right to seek asylum’ yet many Asylum Seekers who come to New Zealand are hindered from living this right in a full and meaningful way. Some are having negative resettlement experiences because they are distinguished from ‘Quota Refugees’ and therefore are barred from the services and support available for Quota Refugees (‘Marking Time’ Report 2013). Many Asylum Seekers are fleeing the same wars, the same persecution and the same destruction as Quota Refugees. We believe Asylum Seekers should receive the same access to services and support as Quota Refugees.
Our team of eight volunteers have been busy planning and organising the campaign. They have split into two groups, one is community focused to raise awareness and support, and the other is government focused by creating our policy statement, petition and lobbying MPs.
A campaign launch is scheduled in August to launch our petition and have a speaker panel discuss the issues Asylum Seekers in New Zealand face and possible solutions. Tayyaba Khan, CEO of ChangeMakers Refugee Forum and Murdoch Stephens, founder of the Double the Quota campaign are confirmed speakers on the panel. We’re in touch with a number of MPs and are looking to have a former Asylum Seeker also join the panel. The event will be held in the Law School common room, is registered as a VicPlus category A event and is also open to the public so we are expecting a great turnout!
Prior to the launch a Facebook Page will go live outlining the campaign, posting articles, photo stories and interviews with former Asylum Seekers living in Wellington. Content will be geared towards debunking the stigmas and xenophobic politics/media about Asylum Seekers and will be based upon data retrieved from a volunteer-conducted survey.”
The Asylum Seeker Equality Project team is made up of Mahala Pinchen, Lucy Kenner, Sorina Muresan, Tamara Jenkin, Alice Onland, Keelin Weekly, Katherine Kooistra, and Maria Reyes Malqui.
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