Refugees and Migrants

Resettlement strategies

We partner with New Zealand Immigration and other agencies to deliver the Refugee Resettlement Strategy and Migrant Resettlement Strategy.

Pathways to Employment – NZ Red Cross

The service is intended to support working-age refugee clients (in receipt of a main benefit) to prepare for and achieve sustainable employment.

The clients will have arrived in New Zealand as either a quota refugee, asylum seeker, convention refugee, refugee family support category or from a refugee-like background and resettled in one of the resettlement locations. The resettlement locations are Auckland, Waikato, Levin, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Canterbury, Ashburton, Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill.

The service is focused on assisting clients to get the right support to prepare for, make the transition to, and stay in work. The components include such things as employment workshops, language and needs assessments, employment plans, facilitating access to English language courses, advocacy to access support and entitlements, accessing and opening job opportunities, interview preparation, work-experience and post-placement support.

It works with two groups:

  1. Active jobseeker – a refugee background who has basic conversational level English and is available for work, for a maximum duration of six months (and if approved, for up to a further six months); and
  2. Developing job seeker – a newly arriving quota refugee who is working-aged and is either below a conversational level of English or is caring for dependents, for a maximum of six months.

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