Research & Advocacy

We take a rights-based approach to all our work at ChangeMakers, including research. Our research is guided by the priorities of refugee-background communities. We conduct, coordinate, and support rights-based research that informs refugee resettlement policy and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Research activities and findings are publicly available and used to raise awareness and influence policy and resettlement services.

Marking Time - Experiences of successful asylum seekers

This research highlights a 'twilight’ population of refugees with severely limited access to services both before and after being recognised as Convention refugees and gaining Permanent Residency. Read more

Achieving equity status for refugee-background tertiary students

A campaign for recognition of refugee-background tertiary students as an equity group. Read more

Refugee family reunification in Wellington 

ChangeMakers and partner agencies have been working on improving family reunification processes since 2009 after publishing a discussion paper highlighting the challenges of refugee families being reunited in Aotearoa NZ. Read more

The challenges accessing disability support services

This research highlights the challenges facing people from refugee backgrounds with disability needs. Read more

Refugee-background experiences of employment

ChangeMakers research with people from refugee-background communities in employment revealed both the barriers and the enablers to meaningful employment. Read more

Wellington refugee youth issues summary

A backgrounder for government and NGOs working with refugee-background youth and a starting point for promoting action. Read more

Rights-based approaches to mental health services

A resource developed to support both therapeutic services and advocacy, providing an overview of Aotearoa New Zealand and international literature relating to rights-based approaches to mental health services with former refugees. Read more

Barriers to achieving good health outcomes

Findings from focus groups highlighted the multi-dimensional health needs of refugee-background communities and the specific barriers to accessing health services and maintaining good health. Read more

The Directory of Aotearoa New Zealand refugee-related research and researchers

To search the Directory, add your research, or contact researchers click here

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum Research Policy 

Read our research policy here

Guidelines for researchers

Our 'Guidelines for Research with Refugees in Aotearoa New Zealand' can help you in your work and ensure that the outcomes of your research benefit our communities.

For more information contact us on or (04) 801 5812.