Today’s announcement that New Zealand’s refugee quota will be raised to 1500 has been welcomed by New Zealand Red Cross.
The decision will improve humanitarian protection and it’s pleasing to see that there is a plan for the increase in
“There are more than 68 million displaced people globally and 1.4 million of those people are in urgent need of
resettlement,” says Rachel O’Connor, General Manager Migration at New Zealand Red Cross.
“Behind each of these numbers is a person in need of protection and we believe there is capacity in the community now to
meet their resettlement needs.”
New Zealand Red Cross stands ready to support any quota increase and will work closely with Government and communities
to establish new settlement locations as needed.
“We’re confident that we can support this increase and work closely with communities to meet settlement needs to
maintain the high quality support New Zealand is known for. Settlement is both life saving for those who are new Kiwis
and enriching for the host community,” says Ms O’Connor.
“What we’ve seen in the new settlement locations of Otago, Southland, and now Christchurch is that communities across
New Zealand are keen to support refugee resettlement in their cities. We’ve been approached by people wanting to become
Refugee Support Volunteers from Northland to Southland and we can’t wait to work with new volunteers across Aotearoa to
provide a warm welcome to our new Kiwis.”
New Zealand Red Cross currently has more than 1,000 Refugee Support Volunteers across the country who form the welcoming
committee for refugees arriving in New Zealand. They are responsible for providing practical settlement assistance and
helping them integration to the local community.
“We urge anyone interested in supporting refugee resettlement in their community to get in touch with their local Red
Cross Service Centre to find out how they can help,” says Ms O’Connor.