Teenage girl denied New Zealand residence because she has Down syndrome

A teenager with Down syndrome has been denied New Zealand residence because of the perceived burden she could place on the health and education systems.

It’s a move that has disappointed a disability advocate, who says people with Down syndrome contribute to their communities, and not all have additional medical needs.

The 17-year-old Indian citizen, whose name is suppressed, came to New Zealand on a visitor visa in 2016 with her parents and younger sister.

In 2017, her parents and sister were granted residence, and in 2019 they were granted permanent residence. Read more

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