What's in the news? - New Refugee settlement location in the South Island

Dunedin chosen as new refugee settlement location

Dunedin chosen as new refugee settlement location
Dunedin has been selected as a new refugee settlement location following a whole of Government assessment.
The assessment included looking at employment, housing and Government services available alongside the support provided by the local community.
The decision to choose Dunedin was made by the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy Senior Officials’ Group - made up of representatives from Immigration New Zealand (INZ), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, Office of Ethnic Communities and Department of Internal Affairs.
There are currently five settlement locations in New Zealand where quota refugees are settled after they have completed the six week reception programme at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre - Auckland region, Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington region and Nelson.
INZ General Manager Steve McGill says an extra settlement location is needed following the Government’s decision to welcome 750 Syrian refugees over the next two and a half years in response to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Dunedin was considered alongside New Plymouth, Hastings / Napier, Invercargill and Tauranga.
Mr McGill says all the locations had certain advantages but Dunedin was selected for a number of reasons.
“Dunedin has a strong set of services and is a well-connected city where a number of government agencies have a presence,” he says. “There are good employment opportunities in the area, suitable housing is available and there is excellent support from the community.”
Our Computers in Homes team is following this with interest in anticipation of being asked to support new families in the southern regions.