Let’s talk about Refugees. Part Two

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.

Part One covered Refugee Quota Programme

Category 2.  Refugee Family Support Resident Visa

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

New Zealand residents who came to New Zealand as a refugee or protected person may be able to sponsor a family member (and their partner and dependent children) for New Zealand residence.

Sponsors must register with Immigration NZ and if their registration is selected their family may apply for New Zealand residence. Once the application from the sponsor is accepted an invite is issued, and the invitees have 12 months to apply for residency. There is no guarantee for residency as well as having a sponsor there are other requirements necessary for a resident visa.  

For details on Refugee Family Support Resident Visa.

In the last ten years, there have been 2794 applications involving 11138 people, of those 1215 invites were issued involving 4624 people. A total of 2017 people have received residency through the Refugee Family Support System

There is no data available which part of the country these refugees settle.
Category 3. Refugee and Protection Status

Eligible people in New Zealand can apply for refugee and protected-person status. They must show that they fear seriously harm or tortured or risk inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment if they return to a country. People who lodge a claim for refugee or protection status in New Zealand are known as asylum seekers.

If recognised as a refugee or protected person they can stay in New Zealand permanently.

These people have made their way to NZ and claimed asylum on arrival once in the country.

While they claim is processed they may be able to use publicly funded health care and apply for a work visa so they can get a job. If children are involved, they can enrol at school.

If they have a valid and current visa, they may be eligible to receive an Emergency Benefit from Work and Income while refugee and protection claim is processed.


*Please note Immigration NZ statistics do not show nationalities less than 5 in any one year. These numbers are included in the “other” category.

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