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New Zealand – Australia Resettlement Arrangement 24 March 2022

New Zealand and Australia have agreed a resettlement arrangement for refugees in Nauru and temporarily in Australia under regional processing arrangements.

New Zealand and Australia have jointly agreed that New Zealand will resettle up to 150 refugees per year for three years who are subject to Australia’s regional processing arrangements. 

The resettlement arrangement will be implemented under New Zealand’s existing Refugee Quota Programme and will initially be considered for those refugees who:

  • are in Nauru under regional processing arrangements, or are temporarily in Australia under regional processing arrangements;
  • meet New Zealand’s Refugee Quota Programme requirements;
  • are referred to New Zealand by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and
  • are not engaged in other third country resettlement pathways, such as the United States resettlement arrangement.

The arrangement does not include refugees who are in Papua New Guinea or individuals who have withdrawn voluntarily from resettlement processes.

All refugees referred for resettlement through this arrangement will undergo the same comprehensive screening and Refugee Quota Programme assessment processes – including credibility, security, risk and biometric checks and health assessment – that New Zealand applies to all UNHCR-referred refugees.

Australia - New Zealand Resettlement Arrangement | beehive.govt.nz

Australia - New Zealand Resettlement Arrangement | homeaffairs.gov.au