New Zealand is one of eleven countries that has been annually resettling refugees as part of the UNHCR refugee resettlement programme since the 1980s. Consequently, New Zealand’s refugee-background population continues to increase, and statistics show that the majority of recent refugee intakes are youth with ages of between 16 and 36, many of whom may aspire to achieve in higher education.

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.


Creator | Kaihanga
ChangeMakers Refugee Forum; The New Zealand National Refugee Network; ESOL Assessment and Access Specialist Services; at Victoria University: Angela Joe, Sara Kindon & Postgraduate Students in Geography and Development Studies, Diana O'Rourke & The Empowering Study for Refugee-Background Students Research Team
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
Creative Commons Licence
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives CC BY-NC-ND
Keywords | Kupu
Refugee-background student, Equity, Tertiary Education, New Zealand
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I represent the publisher or owner organisation of this resource
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

ChangeMakers, NZNRN, ESOL Assessment and Acess Specialist Service, & Victoria University of Wellington (2011). An equitable education: Achieving equity status and measures to ensure equality for refugee-background tertiary students in Aotearoa New Zealand. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, June 2011. New Zealand.

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