Meeting thursday to support Indian students

Meeting thursday to support Indian students

By Anu Kaloti, Migrant Workers Association

Recently over 150 international students from India were issued deportation orders by Immigration New Zealand for the use of forged financial documents. The students had made all payments as advised by agents and were not aware of the fraud being committed by the agents on their behalf. By deporting the students the NZ government would be punishing the victims rather than the culprits.

A peaceful protest was held in support of the students on Saturday, September 3, outside National list MP Dr Paramjeet Parmar’s office in Mt Roskill, Auckland. This protest was organised by Migrant Workers Association and supported by Socialist Aotearoa, Unite Union, First Union, Etu, Unimeg and IMWA.

Chants of “We want Justice” and “We are not cheaters” could be heard as protesters marched along Stoddard Road. The protesters demanded that the deportation orders be withdrawn and the students allowed to stay and complete their education in New Zealand. 

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