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

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

UNHCR warmly welcomes New Zealand citizenship for 'Tampa Boys'

8 Apr 2005

Tampa Boys rescued by Norwegian freighter become New Zealand citizens

In August 2001, 37 unaccompanied teenagers were among those rescued at sea from a sinking fishing boat in the Indian Ocean by the Norwegian container ship the MV Tampa. The Tampa Boys, as they became known, were accepted by New Zealand as refugees and today were some of the 76 refugees from the Tampa who gained New Zealand citizenship.

8 Apr 2005

High Commissioner thanks New Zealand

17 Feb 2004

New Zealand: Nauru refugees resettled

10 May 2002