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Christchurch reinstated as refugee settlement location Saturday, 18 August 2018

Christchurch has been reinstated as a settlement location for quota refugees. The city was a settlement location up until the earthquake in 2010.

Quota refugees are given permanent residence on arrival in New Zealand and spend their first six weeks at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.  While there, they complete a reception programme to support living and working in New Zealand and English language. They also complete medical and mental health assessments.

There are currently seven other settlement locations in New Zealand where quota refugees are settled after they have completed the six week reception programme at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre: Auckland region, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington region, Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill.

The decision to reinstate Christchurch as a refugee settlement location was made by the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy Senior Officials’ Group - made up of representatives from Immigration New Zealand (INZ), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, Office of Ethnic Communities and Department of Internal Affairs.

Read the Minister’s press release

Refugees and asylum seekers factsheet PDF 553KB

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