COVID-19 Refugee update | MBIE

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) recently provided an update regarding the resettlement of a limited number of UNHCR-referred cases under emergency priority.

Immigration NZ (INZ) has been working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations of High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to arrange resettlement when travel is considered safe. The process requires cross-government agency protocols for COVID-19 to ensure safe resettlement.

All refugees who come under the refugee quota programme is granted permanent residence, so no border exemption is required for New Zealand under the current border restrictions.

The first emergency case has arrived on 17 October 2020, with travel arrangements made for other priority groups. All refugees coming under the refugee quota programme is granted permanent residence, with no border exemption required for New Zealand under the current border restrictions. All families will stay briefly at the Mangere Refugee Centre and supported by an Immigration New Zealand Resettlement Case office, before settling to their allocated resettlement locations.

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COVID-19 Refugee update | MBIE