The challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic have put paid to the Government's aims to increase refugee settlement.
In July last year the number of refugees who can settle in New Zealand each year under the refugee quota programme was increased from 1000 to 1500.
Immigration New Zealand general manager, refugee and migrant services Fiona Whiteridge said the refugee quota programme had been due to resettle 1500 individuals during 2021-22. However, the global impacts of Covid-19 meant this number would not be reached.
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