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What’s wrong with the economic argument for refugees?

By Clair Caird A cursory google search on motivations for countries to take in refugees in 2020 indicates a depressing trend in our values. A 2018 study by d’Albis, Boubtane and Coulibaly concerning the economic impact of refugees and migrants on 15 Western European...

How far does our humanity extend?

By Rebecca FarquharClosing our borders saved lives. Yet for hundreds of refugees, it also put them in limbo. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has suspended its Refugee Quota Programme as part of its efforts to mitigate the threat of Covid-19....

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Seeking Asylum is a Human Right, not a Privilege

By Keelie Andrews-McAulay UNHCR figures show that at the end of 2018 there were around 3.5 million people worldwide waiting to hear if their asylum claim was successful. 3.5 million people waiting to hear if they can live in a safe and peaceful environment without the...

The Threat of Securitisation

By Akanksha Munshi-Kurian Aspirations for a close-knit international community and a globalised, multilateral order have been under siege for some time now. Britain formally exited the European Union in a breath-takingly impulsive display of protectionism in 2017; the...

Te Ao Māori Perspectives on Seeking Asylum

By Clair Caird Like other settler colonial societies, Aotearoa New Zealand has excluded indigenous perspectives on immigration. Despite being treaty partners, Māori have almost no opportunity to influence immigration decisions. One area which could benefit from...

A kōrero with Wellington Mayor Justin Lester

​Thursday the 15th of August marked a special day for us at the Wellington Community Justice Project and Asylum Seekers Equality Project, as we had the pleasure of engaging in kōrero with Wellington Mayor Justin Lester on his ‘Welcome Home’ policy initiative. This...

What Can New Zealand Do To Help Climate Change Asylum Seekers?

Under New Zealand’s treaty obligations, we are legally able to take asylum seekers based on a “well founded fear” of persecution as defined in the 1951 Refugee Convention. Although this is a statement that is broad, it currently does not allow refugees who are fleeing...