International cooperation

Immigration New Zealand cooperates with international organisations to improve border security, services to customers across countries, and resettlement for refugees.

Organisations and agencies we work with

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) joins in a wide range of organisations dealing with general and specific immigration matters and international travel.

General immigration interests

Five Country Conference: a forum in which Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States cooperate to improve border security and services to customers across each country. New Zealand runs the permanent secretariat.

Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees: an informal grouping of 16, mainly European, countries that exchange policy and information about migration flows.

International Organization for Migration: an organisation comprising more than 160 countries that promotes humane and orderly migration. It helps INZ with refugees, medical screening and document verification.

International Organization for Migration

Ministerial Council on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs: an Australian government forum that develops policy and strategy for immigration, settlement, citizenship and multicultural matters.

Department of Home Affairs

Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference: this forum, comprising immigration agencies across the Pacific region, aims to improve immigration and border management practices.

Pacific Immigration Directors’ Conference

Supporting business and economic co-operation

Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Business Mobility Group: immigration and consular representatives from 21 member economies work to simplify entry for people wanting to trade or invest within the member countries.

Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Business Mobility Group

Getting an APEC business travel card

International Labour Organization: provides a forum for governments, employers and workers to discuss migration policies and their application, particularly migration for work in Asia and the Pacific.

International Labour Organization

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Sharing security, border, crime and intelligence issues

ASEAN Regional Forum: cooperates on security to promote peace in the Asia-Pacific region.

ASEAN Regional Forum

Forum Regional Security Committee: a Pacific Islands Forum committee, formed to improve internal and external security across the region.

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Pacific Security Fund: a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade-administered fund. It invites funding applications from government agencies to advance or protect New Zealand’s security interests in the Pacific. INZ is on the coordinating committee.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime: a group in which 45 international agencies and observer countries raise awareness and reduce immigration crime. It concentrates on the Asia-Pacific region.

Bali Process

Facilitating travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) represents the interests of the airline industry. INZ works with the IATA to manage and regulate border security.


The International Civil Aviation Organization is a United Nations agency on which 191 member states regulate international aviation standards and practices.

International Civil Aviation Organization

Resettling refugees

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) coordinates international action to protect the rights and wellbeing of refugees. INZ contributes to policy and practice and selects most of the refugees who come to New Zealand from the UNHCR’s Refugee Quota Programme.

UNHCR website

Supporting refugees and asylum seekers