Category: Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Service (RILAS)

Spotlight on: Refugee stories

Posted on July 8, 2018

A collection of recent stories from or about refugees in New Zealand. ... Read more »

Afterwork by Michaela Keeble

Posted on June 17, 2017

“As UNHCR refugees the Syrians were entitled to try and bring family members to New Zealand under the family reunification scheme. The workload Miriam shared with four other part-time staff was building.” Miriam got home from work, slipped her key into the lock and dropped her backpack on the floor before properly entering the small

Spotlight on RILAS

Posted on May 16, 2016

Vulnerable migrants As highlighted by Seema’s story, we can provide some assistance to women who are experiencing family violence and whose visa status is dependent on their relationship with their partners. The visa options available to people in these situations depend on the immigration status of their partners: people who leave a violent relationship with

When Leaving a Violent Partner Will Make You “Unlawful”

Posted on February 19, 2014

Domestic violence affects every community in New Zealand. People remain with abusive partners for many reasons, including fear, isolation, lack of support, lack or resources, and their cultural or religious values. This article discusses an option for clients when immigration status appears to be a reason to stay in a violent relationship. Community Law Wellington