20 Jun 2019

World Refugee Day - Guled Mire

From First Up, 5:51 am on 20 June 2019

Last year, more than 70 million people were forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution and conflict - the highest number since the UN's refugee agency began. Today is World Refugee day - a day to draw attention to the plight of displaced people. This year, 1000 refugees will be able to resettle here in New Zealand - but there are restrictions on where those people can come from. It's because of a policy brought in by the National-led government in 2009, which means refugees from Africa and the Middle East are only allowed to resettle here if they have family members already living in the country. I'm joined by Guled Mire now a New Zealander, but who is a former refugee and community advocate.