Refugees as Neighbours: Community Sponsorship in New Zealand

27 May 5:30pm - 7:00pm
St John's Centre Conference Centre, 129 Dixon Street, Wellington

Come hear from a local New Zealand sponsor of refugee families on their experience, and updates and insight from experts from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the potential of this model locally and around the world in building more diverse and inclusive societies.

In a post-Christchurch Aotearoa New Zealand, actively building a welcoming society is needed more than ever. Last year, New Zealand joined Canada, Argentina, the United Kingdom and Ireland in piloting community sponsorship of refugees, which enabled ordinary New Zealanders to respond to the global refugee crisis and welcome refugee families into their local neighbourhoods in Nelson, Timaru, Hamilton and Christchurch.

The model offers us an extraordinary opportunity to welcome refugees in addition to what the Government offers through the quota system, and builds diverse and welcoming communities. The Government is currently considering its next steps on whether and how to continue this life-saving programme. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session with three sponsor representatives from around New Zealand.

 

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