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21 Aug 2018 9:02
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  •   Home > News > National > Christchurch

    Refugees could arrive in Christchurch as early as next month - for the first time in eight years

    Refugees could arrive in Christchurch as early as next month - for the first time in eight years


    Immigration New Zealand is yet to sign off on a decision to recommence settlement in the city at the end of the year - after it was put on hold following the Canterbury Earthquakes.

    But Amnesty International has bypassed the process - setting up a community sponsorship programme that will bring 35 refugees to four cities.

    It's supported by individuals and groups rather than the Government and is similar to a programme in Canada that's helped 300 thousand refugees.

    The other cities to receive refugees are Nelson, Timaru and Waikato

    © 2018 Newstalk ZB, NZCity


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