Margaret John is a boardmember of the ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
Margaret John fled South Sudan in 1999 when violence from the Second Sudanese Civil War reached her town, Torit. She hid for almost a month in the jungle with her children before later coming to New Zealand as a refugee. She tells us the amazing story of her family’s survival and how she confronts racism in her new country.
Refugees who have been living in New Zealand for years are struggling to send money back to their families, after banks cut ties with some money transfer operators. The Refugee Council says the law on money transfers is too sweeping and some refugees' families in their home countries are suffering as a result.
(Wellington, NZ) – Wellington-based charity ChangeMakers Refugee Forum (CRF), with supporting sector organisations, has written an open letter to the New Zealand government calling for the immediate establishment of a task-force in response to the on-going refugee crisis.
ChangeMakers highlighted concerns about immigration changes that reduce family reunification options for people who arrive in a group of more than thirty claiming asylum. To read our submission on these changes click here and watch a short youtube clip click here