Migrants Against the Acceptable Standard of Health Aotearoa (MAASHA) is a collective led by migrants and refugees, campaigning to end disability and health-related discrimination in Aotearoa New Zealand’s immigration system. We call for the Government to end the Acceptable Standard of Health (ASH) requirements and to remove the legal restrictions which allow migrants’ human rights to be violated.
We challenge the systems that devalue all the migrants, refugees and families who the Government treats as expensive burdens rather than valued human beings. We strive to support and build community around people and families currently facing ASH discrimination.
All migrants, refugees and our families have equitable chances to feel welcome and supported in Aotearoa New Zealand. No one has to worry about facing disability and health-based discrimination from the immigration system. Aotearoa’s immigration policy honours Te Tiriti o waitangi and affirms the value of a diversity of migrants across all areas of life.
Our membership and organising is guided by the following values:
Led by those impacted
In our decision-making, we prioritise the perspectives of the migrants, refugees and families who have faced the discrimination we are fighting.
We strongly believe that all human beings have inherent worth. We condemn policies and practices that treat some migrants as more valuable than others based on economic productivity, health or disability costs, or for any other reason.
We aim to create a safe and supportive environment for all, which values the different ways we contribute to this movement.
We are stronger when we work together with allies and organisations who share our values.
We are in this for the long-haul. We work within our capacities and are flexible with each other.