Change in New Zealand Government Policy towards Migrants' Parents

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7th October 2019 New Zealand Immigration proposed criteria in Parents' Category Visa rules are closed doors' policy in view of the petitioner'.

This will eventually lead to neglecting parents and will ultimately result in losing cultural values such as transferring cultural heritage to generations, bonding, respect and language.

Parents who are in later years of their life do not deserve to be felt lonely, especially when they need physical, mental support and happiness share the family celebrations and festivals. They need to spend their time alongside their children and grandchildren.

Human migration is the movement of people from one place to another with the intention of settling, permanently or temporarily at a new location.

Family is defined as a social group of people that is traditionally made up of partners, children, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Art 16 (3) defined family as the natural and fundamental group unit of society which is entitled for protection by society and the State.

 

Similarly, many other international instruments defined family as a fundamental group unit of society, ICCPR Article 23 (1). Around the world family is generally known to be consisting of people related through affection, obligation, dependence or cooperation.

 

In 1995, the World Summit for Social Development held in Copenhagen, recognized the importance of the family as the basic unit of society, and acknowledged that it played a key role in social development and as such should be strengthened, with attention to the rights, capabilities and responsibilities of its members. The Programme of Action of the World Social Summit acknowledged that in different cultural, political and social systems various forms of family exist and that the family was entitled to receive comprehensive protection and support.

 

Families themselves play a vital role in our work for development and peace. The answer to the question, why parents are important in one’s life is beyond expression, but simply put, because they play the biggest role in our lives. Parents establish the psychological “anchorage” of both the adults and children by way of affection, companionship and a sense of belonging. Families can only thrive if they are connected to each other, are valued and have a sense of belonging in their own communities.

 

Migrants, just like everyone else love to honour and care for their parents. Some parents have endured many hardships themselves, while sending their children abroad paving them a way to thrive in their lives successfully and be the first immigrants to New Zealand. When children reach their goals in life with the encouragement of their parents, they then wish to return the affection they received to their parents. Taking care of your parents is one of the highest honors that one can achieve in life.  Parents sacrifice a lot for investing in their kids and to repay their love, the least children could do is take care of their parents and make them feel good and comfortable in their old days.

Mostly, immigrants contribute very positively to New Zealand. Most of the parents who wish to join their children in New Zealand are diverse, still in employment, retired individuals, having residential or commercial properties or Agricultural land and running business, who wish to spend their later stages in life with their children and grandchildren. These retired individuals do have access to one or more pensions and assets as a result they contribute to the New Zealand economy.

The impact that grandparents have on grandkids is immense. Thus, an expression of respect and gratitude towards our parents is a great example to set for the future generation. Research has shown that grandparents have positive impact on grandchildren psychologically as in to keep them mentally sharp, give first‐hand historical perspectives on life that enriches their lives and understanding of the past. Kids tend to learn from their parents, and it is a known fact that we reap what we sow. Moreover, grandparents are considered as guardians for the grandchildren traditionally in some countries.

We are advocating the needs and requirements of New Zealand systems, healthcare, economy and welfare regime to be balanced with open doors' reasonable policies with empathy, practicality, affordability and primarily humanitarian considerations. Everyone loves their parents and the new rules have made it practically impossible to connect back to their children in petitioner's opinion. Governments, civil societies and other stakeholders need to build and support stronger connections across generations in order to improve the well-being and quality of life of all generations in order for a country to be flourishing.  

Families and family life have a central place in the Growing up in New Zealand study. The breadth of the Commission’s functions and the approach taken to the definition of family in its legislation mean it is well placed to look at the reality of family systems as they are developing in New Zealand. Further, Families Commission Act directs the Commission to have regard for the kinds, structures and diversity of families and to maintain and enhance their resilience and strengths.

Let us all join hands and put our hearts and minds together to request a review of the recently declared changes in the PARENT CATEGORY VISA rules. It is not against any political party or Immigration New Zealand. IT IS ABOUT WE ARE BEING WHAT WE ALL ARE - "US - TOGETHER", forming this small, beautiful, great egalitarian country. Together we make a positive, empathetic, progressive country which we are all proud of.

We all welcome and respect parents.