Resettlement

I am a refugee or asylum-seeker in New Zealand. Can UNHCR resettle me to another country?

UNHCR is not able to resettle or relocate refugees, asylum-seekers or failed asylum-seekers from New Zealand to any other country.

I am a refugee and I wish to be resettled to New Zealand. Can UNHCR assist me?

The UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra cannot assist in resettlement to New Zealand.

If you are a refugee outside New Zealand, you should contact the UNHCR office that you are registered with to discuss your resettlement options. Contact details for UNHCR offices around the world can be found on the UNHCR website.

Due to the small number of resettlement places available each year, resettlement is a solution which is only available to a small number of refugees. Recognition of refugee status does not necessarily mean that you will be referred for resettlement.

There may be other migration options available to help you settle in New Zealand. UNHCR recommends that you seek the assistance of a lawyer or immigration adviser. A directory of immigration advisers can be found at theĀ Immigration Advisers Authority.

I have family members in New Zealand and wish to be reunited in New Zealand with them. Can UNHCR assist me?

The UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra cannot assist in resettlement to New Zealand.

If you are a refugee outside New Zealand, you should contact the UNHCR office that you are registered with to discuss your resettlement options. Contact details for UNHCR offices around the world can be found on the UNHCR website.

If you have family members in New Zealand, there may be family reunification or sponsored visa options available to you. UNHCR recommends that you seek the assistance of a lawyer or immigration adviser. A directory of immigration advisers can be found at theĀ Immigration Advisers Authority.