Research Library

Adult refugee learners with limited literacy: needs and effective responses

A study to document and analyse the learning needs and issues of adult refugees with low language and literacy skills by looking at how their prior experiences and current contexts affect their educational participation and learning.

African Youth Health and Well-Being – Participatory Action Research Project

A project aiming to strengthen the well-being of African Youth in Wellington
by identifying issues they face, and developing strategies to address the

An equitable education: Achieving equity status and measures to ensure equality for refugee-background tertiary students in Aotearoa New Zealand

The purpose of this paper is to advocate for recognition of refugee-background students as an equity group both in government policy and at New Zealand tertiary institutions, and for their inclusion in equity funding and other special and targeted support.

Barriers to achieving good health outcomes in refugee-background communities

A report aiming to increase understanding of the health requirements of refugee-background communities.

‘People with refugee backgrounds can do the job.’ Refugee-background experiences of employment in Wellington.

This research explores how employment contributes to the successful resettlement of people from refugee backgrounds. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum carried out focus groups and interviews with 17 people in employment from 11 different refugee-background communities to provide greater depth of understanding.

Homework Club: Strengthening Refugee Youth Achievement

A group research project looking at the Homework Club, set up in 2004 through the support of the Somali Council, which aims to support refugee high school students to improve their educational performance and to encourage them into higher education.

‘Marking time’: Experiences of successful asylum seekers in Aotearoa New Zealand

This research explores the extent to which successful asylum seekers are able to participate in Aotearoa New Zealand life by documenting the experiences of 18 people who have been recognised as Convention refugees and of staff from relevant service provision agencies.

Participatory Action Research (PAR) with Assyrian Youth

This report documents the experience of a group of researchers who started a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project with the Assyrian Youth community in Wellington with the objective of identifying some important issues and challenges that Assyrian Youth face growing up in New Zealand.

Wellington Refugee Youth Issues Summary: Backgrounder for Wellington people working with refugee-background youth

A backgrounder written by The Refugee Youth Action Group (Wellington) which is made up of government and non-government agencies keen to see action on the issues so refugee-background youth can reach their full potential.

Victoria University of Wellington: Supporting refugee-background students to achieve their goals.

Stemming from a desire to bring about positive change, this project uses Participatory Action Research (PAR) to determine what support systems are currently available to Refugee-Background Students (RBS) at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), and how these students can be better supported in the future.