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S1.25 Indo-Chinese applicants in refugee camps
- At an international conference on Indo-Chinese refugees in June 1989, New Zealand and other countries agreed to a Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) for resettling Vietnamese refugees.
- Under the CPA, Vietnamese who arrived in refugee camps before the cut-off dates listed below have been granted prima facie refugee status, and may be considered for residence in New Zealand under Government Residence policy or the refugee programme:
- Hong Kong 16 June 1988
- Malaysia 14 March 1989
- Thailand 14 March 1989
- Philippines 14 March 1989
- Indonesia 17 March 1989.
- To determine whether they met the UNHCR criteria for granting refugee status, Vietnamese who arrived in camps after these dates were screened as follows:
- those who met the criteria (ie, were 'screened in') may be accepted for entry if eligible under the Refugee Quota (see R6.15); and
- those who did not meet the criteria (ie, were 'screened out') may not be accepted for entry under the Refugee Quota and must return to Vietnam to pursue an application.
- Branches of the NZIS may initially consider, in the same way as from applicants in Vietnam, residence applications from Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotian applicants who are:
- living in refugee camps, and
- sponsored by relatives in New Zealand.
- Applications approved in principle must be referred to the appropriate branch or post for completion.
Note: Such applications may involve applicants in refugee camps, but applications to migrate to New Zealand as refugees cannot be processed under the procedures set out in this section.
- Any branch receiving an application for a Vietnamese in a refugee camp must check the refugee status of the applicant.
- Cut-off dates do not apply to Cambodians or Laotians in refugee camps.