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N. Seuffert, 'Reflections on transgender immigration' (2009) 18 (2) Griffith Law Review 428-452.


Recently, the Human Rights Commission of New Zealand has conducted an inquiry that has officially documented 'the obstacles to dignity, equality and security for trans people'. The Australian Human Rights Commission has also recently conducted a sex and gender diversity project, and in 2006 the Equalities Review in the United Kingdom commissioned the largest research project ever untaken globally on trans people's lives, reported in Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People's Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination. This article reflects on the implications of the issues raised by these recent reports and research for transgendered people immigrating to and from New Zealand. It also raises some parallel issues for Australia.

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