Journal special issue: Refugee resettlement in New Zealand

Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences OnlineKōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online has just published its first special themed issue for many years, on Refugee Resettlement in New Zealand.

The guest editors, Jay Marlowe from the University of Auckland and Sue Elliott from Unitec, both specialists in this field of research, wanted to bring together a collection of pieces written by both academics and practitioners. They were attracted to Kōtuitui as a publishing venue as it is a New Zealand journal focussing on New Zealand research, and the journal’s open-access status allows as many people as possible to read the articles. Sue and Jay ensured that all of the work had input not only from an academic or practitioner, but also from someone from a refugee background. Sue and Jay selected peer-reviewers from the pool of leading academics in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Areas covered in the special issue are:

  • health and disability services
  • the family re-unification process
  • disparity of refugee entitlements between groups
  • employment experiences of refugees
  • the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy
  • social networks for refugees in New Zealand.

One of the themes that came across in many of the papers was the disparity of services given to people who arrive in New Zealand seeking asylum, as opposed to those who are granted refuge under New Zealand’s quota system. Guest editor, Sue Elliott, would like to see equal treatment for both groups of people. New Zealand does not attract a huge number of people seeking asylum due to our geographical isolation; this contrasts with the situation in many other countries who share land borders with their neighbours and where crossing from one country to another is much easier. Sue believes that widening the benefits allowed to quota refugees to those refugees who arrive seeking asylum would not attract a flood of people here. Our distance from the rest of the world is a barrier in itself.

Sue says that one of the biggest challenges facing refugees is that of integration and acceptance from New Zealanders. It is easier for people to resettle in areas where there is a critical mass of people from other cultures. It is much harder for refugees to integrate in a community where they are isolated and where there is not a group of people from their own community and other countries already established there.

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Senior Editor:

Nick Lewis, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Associate Editors:

Kevin Dew, Victoria University of Wellington

Robert Webb, University of Auckland

Janine Hayward, University of Otago

Aims: Kōtuitui aims to showcase the increasing number of collaborative research endeavours across the social sciences. Although of particular relevance to New Zealand, the journal’s subject matter is of worldwide relevance and interest to researchers in universities, research institutes, and other centres. The Māori name ‘Kōtuitui’ means ‘interweaving’, and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the journal.

Scope of submissions: Kōtuitui publishes original research papers, short communications, book reviews, and letters. We welcome submissions from across all social science disciplines. Although the journal will predominately highlight research in the New Zealand context, international submissions are welcome. The journal’s subject matter includes contributions from long-established fields (including psychology, economics, human geography, sociology, education, political science, anthropology, social work, population studies, and history); as well as more recent disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields such as public policy, development studies, conflict resolution, gender studies, international relations, security studies, human rights, cultural and ethnic studies, ethics, criminology, health, sustainability, communications, and media studies.

  • No page charges for publication
  • All papers are Open Access

Electronic issues are published biannually
Online ISSN:  1177-083X

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