Let’s talk about Refugees. Part One

Guest post

If we are going to talk about refugees, we need a better understanding how many are coming into the country and their nationalities. This data has come from Immigration NZ website.

There are three ways people come into NZ as refugees.

Category 1. Refugee Quota Programme

The New Zealand Government has a quota of 750 refugee places each year. Quota refugees resettled in New Zealand can apply under the quota for family reunification with spouses, and dependent children that the UNHCR has confirmed are refugees.

On 7 September 2015, the Government announced New Zealand would welcome 750 Syrian refugees in response to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Of the 750 places, 600 will be by way of a special emergency intake above New Zealand’s annual quota, and 150 places offered within the quota.

Over the last ten years, up to 31 March 2017 8,039 people have arrived into NZ under this system.

NZ has accepted refugees from Myanmar, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Eritrea every year since 2006 and Syria refugees since 2014.

In the last 12 months, NZ have accepted 845 refugees, the top four nationalities

Syria 222
Myanmar 143
Colombia 133
Afghanistan 108

The Quota system is broke down into five subcategories

Emergency 13
Medical/Disabled 223
Woman at Risk 1183
Protection 5826
Family Reunion 795

Age Group Arrivals

0-4 982
5-12 1356
13-17 1016
18-60 4548
60+ 138

Females 4070
Males 3970

Where do these refugees settle in NZ?

Auckland 30%
Waikato 11%
Hawkes Bay .04%
Manawatu 13%
Wellington 26%
Nelson 10%
Canterbury 6%
Otago 3%

That is only 19% are going to the South Island, and yet it has been pointed out that WINZ is referring jobs in the South Island to foreigners on a working visa, so there are jobs for refugees there.

Refugees are still being settled in Auckland despite a severe housing shortage; 244 in 2014/14, 185 in 2015/16 and 88 in 2016/17.

Top nationalities settled in each region

Auckland: Myanmar (992), Iraq (419), Afghanistan (225), Palestine (159), Sri Lanka (122)
Waikato; Colombia (389), Afganistan (189), Myanmar (100)
Manawatu; Bhutan (517), Myanmar (313), Afghanistan (160)
Wellington; Myanmar (628), Colombia (437), Syria (298), Iraq (222)
Nelson; Myanmar (494), Bhutan (290), Colombia (55)
Canterbury; Bhutan (242), Afganistan (175)
Otago; Syria (243) and Palestinians (16)

The other two ways for foreigners to gain refugee status.

Refugee Family Support Category

New Zealand offers 300 places each year for eligible refugees resident in New Zealand to sponsor family members to join them.

Refugee and Protection Status

Eligible people in New Zealand can apply for refugee and protected-person status.
More about this in part two.

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