'I think of refugees as a testament to the strength and goodness of the human spirit'

New Zealand's first ever refugee Member of Parliament, Golriz Ghahraman, reflects on how her refugee background has helped her navigate political life.

7 Mar 2022

Venezuelan boxer sees Olympic hopes rekindled

The IOC Refugee Athlete Scholarship has given a young boxer the support he needs to train in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics – something that just months ago looked all but impossible.

3 Jun 2021

Seven refugees making a difference during the time of COVID-19

By producing soap, treating the sick and shopping for the vulnerable, these refugees from around the world are taking action to fight the coronavirus.

19 Jun 2020

Fears for Venezuelans missing in Caribbean shipwreck

26 Apr 2019

Venezuelan youth build self-confidence to reach the sky in Trinidad and Tobago

A short documentary follows the life of a Venezuelan refugee family as they get back on their – sky-high – feet learning how to stilt walk.

20 Mar 2019

UNHCR regret at deportations of Venezuelans from Trinidad and Tobago

23 Apr 2018

High Commissioner praises refugee resettlement and integration in Australia and New Zealand

UN refugee chief, António Guterres, recently completed visits to Australia and New Zealand where he thanked both countries for their support for refugees.

27 Feb 2012

Afghans optimistic about a bright new life in Land of the Long White Cloud

A group of 47 Afghan refugees have flown from New Delhi to Auckland to begin a new life in New Zealand. This first batch of 10 families was picked by an immigration team sent from New Zealand last year to interview resettlement candidates recommended by UNHCR. They will be followed by another group in March.

28 Feb 2007

For a refugee from Saddam's Iraq, a new home requires a global odyssey

After fleeing Iraq six years ago, Mustafa Jaffar embarked on a journey that took him from Turkey to Venezuela and then to the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago where he was recognised as a refugee. Now he is preparing for a more permanent move to New Zealand where he has been offered residency.

23 May 2006