Welcome to Disability Crosses Borders, a home for the stories where disability, migration and culture meet. It’s a brand new podcast and blog. I’m your host, Áine Kelly-Costello, a disabled migrant myself. Find out more, support the show and post your comments at disabilitycrossesborders.com.
Today, I talk to two disabled migrants to Aotearoa New Zealand whose lives have been turned upside down by the layers of disability and health-based discrimination built into Immigration New Zealand’s policies. They share their stories and I ask them what needs to change so that disabled people’s rights and dignity are upheld.
They are Brazilian Juliana Carvalho and Russian Eugene Liapin.
With many thanks to Philippa Mullins for transcribing this episode.