Discrimination against disabled migrants must end

The Green Party is calling on the Government to scrap the Acceptable Standards of Health policy that discriminates against disabled migrants after former Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni acknowledged the policy “disadvantages” disabled migrants on TVNZ’s Q&A this morning.

 

“We welcome people who want to call Aotearoa home but for too long the rules have reduced disabled migrants to a cost, creating a deficit-based system that is splitting families up and dehumanising communities,” said Green Party immigration spokesperson Ricardo Menendez March.

“Over the past five years hundreds of disabled migrants have had their visas turned down because of this policy. Families are being split, with parents facing the impossible decision of being allowed to remain in Aotearoa but without their disabled child. 

“Refugees are subjected to this policy too, which undermines humanitarian efforts to support people escaping conflict and persecution.

“It is encouraging to hear the Minister say the Acceptable Standards of Health barriers to immigration need to be discussed. The Education and Workforce Select Committee has also agreed that this policy should be overhauled, and the Human Rights Commission has said it is discriminatory. It’s time for the Government to listen to the growing chorus of voices rejecting the discriminatory approach.

“An immigration system that acknowledges people’s strengths and contributions to Aotearoa would not discriminate on the basis of disability. I have drafted a members bill to repeal parts of Section 392 of the Immigration Act so that normal Human Rights Act protections would apply to everyone,” Ricardo Menendez March said. 

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