Additional resources

Learn more about the refugee journey 

We frequently get enquiries from students of all ages, researchers, media, potential and current volunteers and the wider public looking for more information about people from refugee backgrounds in New Zealand as well as international information and refugee statistics. 

We have put together a comprehensive list of resources to help you learn more. 


Refugee Health and Wellbeing Report
Refugee Youth Resettlement Report

International organisations

International Organisation for Migration - 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Canadian Council for Refugees -

Danish Refugee Council -

Norwegian Refugee Council -

Refugee Council of Australia -

Government departments 

Department of Immigration:

Ministry of Health:

Housing New Zealand:

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE):

Office of Ethnic Communities:

Ministry of Social Development:

Following the tragic events in Ashburton on Monday 1 September, Work and Income are putting further security measures in place to reinforce that their staff and clients can feel safe at their offices.

If you’re visiting a Work and Income office, you may be asked to show identification and need to have a specific reason for going in. They encourage you to ring the Contact Centre on 0800 559 009. The Contact Centre will be able to help you with many situations over the phone and will make an appointment for you if you do need to come in.

Research on refugees

Resources for settled families

The rights of refugees and asylum seekers

Refugee sector organisations in New Zealand

  • ChangeMakers Refugee Forum – a rights-based NGO representing 14 refugee-background communities in Wellington -
  • Auckland Regional Migrant Services Charitable Trust (ARMS) – supports migrants and refugees to resettle successfully in the Auckland region -
  • Auckland Refugee Council – advice, advocacy, accommodation and support to individuals and families seeking asylum with strong links to the refugee community in the Auckland region -
  • Auckland Refugee Community Coalition – advocates on issues of concern and interest to refugee communities and promotes programmes that support sustainable and integrated refugee resettlement -
  • Auckland Refugee Trust – raises and distributes funds so that refugee families in Auckland can be reunited -
  • Refugees as Survivors - works with refugees and people with related backgrounds to ensure they have access to quality, culturally-responsive health services in New Zealand -
  • Refugee Trauma Recovery – NGO offering confidential and free services to former refugees and their families in Wellington -
  • Refugee Family Reunification Trust – provides financial assistance to refugees in Wellington applying to bring immediate family members to join them in New Zealand -
  • New Zealand Refugee Law – website providing access to a comprehensive range of material on refugee law in New Zealand -
  • Migrant Action Trust - helps migrants and refugees settle in New Zealand -
  • English Language Partners – NPO delivering English language tuition and settlement support to adult migrants and refugees -
  • Porirua Living Without Violence - works to enable all people in the community to live free from all forms of violence, abuse and oppression -

Interpreting support


Education resources for kids:

Smart phone and tablet apps


  • Life on Mars
  • The Killing Fields
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Grown Your Own

Annual events 

Become a refugee support volunteer

Volunteering is a fun and rewarding experience.  Our refugee support volunteers help families start again, while learning about new cultures, meeting new people and changing lives (including their own!). 

Sign up to help

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