In 2013, ChangeMakers Refugee Forum published Marking Time, a report that highlights the inconsistencies in treatment that people with quota and convention refugee status receive. Whilst the report was concerning, it received minimal media attention, and thus drew little support. In 2016, ChangeMakers Refugee Forum asked the Human Rights team to read the report and see if we could utilise the research for the work we do in the community. We were shocked at the arbitrary distinction created by the New Zealand government, and so decided to build up a campaign around the issue. Over the past two years, we have worked on raising awareness of the problems faced by convention refugees, and continue to lobby for policy change in the area.
Read our policy statement.