Oct 12th 2018
Christchurch reinstated as a refugee settlement location
The following are key points from Hon Ian Lees-Galloway’s 18th August 2018 press release:
- Christchurch has been reinstated as a settlement location for quota refugees.
- An important step for New Zealand to increase the refugee quota and a milestone for Christchurch post-earthquake recovery.
- Except for a limited number of family-linked cases, the settlement of Quota refugees in Christchurch was suspended following the September 2010 earthquake, due to the impact on services such as health and housing”.
- The whole of Government assessment considered employment, housing and Government services available alongside the support provided by the local community.
- he plan is for around 60 Quota refugees to be settled in Christchurch in the 2018/19 financial year. The groups initially being settled in Christchurch align with support from the former refugee communities already in the city.
- The first group of around 20 Afghan and Eritrean quota refugees is expected to be settled in Christchurch in March 2019.
- Prior to the first group being settled, service providers, City Council and local communities will have the opportunity to participate in training to further develop their capacity to support refugee settlement.