Yor fulfils father’s dream
A former refugee is hoping to change the refugee resettlement programme in New Zealand for the better.
Abann Yor, 45, was awarded the New Zealand Winston Churchill Memorial Trust scholarship to investigate refugee programme and resettlement issues in Melbourne and Sydney this month, focusing on employment and housing.
Yor, originally from South Sudan, resettled in New Zealand through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) referral system in 2005 from Syria.
He lost his grandfather, father and brother in the Sudanese Civil War and moved to Syria when he was 13 as an ‘‘internally displaced person’’ - a person who is forced to flee their home but remains within their country’s borders.
Yor said he couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to gain more knowledge about the resettlement sector in Australasia.
‘‘This scholarship makes me feel excited and proud to be a New Zealander,’’ Yor said.
He will specifically investigate the role of non-governmental organisations and government agencies in the resettlement process.
As a former refugee, he was faced a lot of obstacles especially in resettling and finding a job.
He said despite his struggles, his goal was to fulfil his father’s dream of getting quality education.