Wellington's strategy for smooth settlement of immigrants announced

- Posted in New Zealand by Visa Bureauon 03 July 2008

Of the 410,000 people currently living in Wellington, almost 100,000 are born overseas.  A quarter of this overseas-born population have moved to the region in only the past five years.  This means Wellington has a relatively large and new population of immigrants, and the Minister says it is vital to encourage the community, government and local businesses to help the those on a New Zealand visa settle quickly and easily.

"It's important to support newcomers to find appropriate employment so that they can contribute to an entrepreneurial and innovative Wellington region.  Newcomers can bring new ways of thinking, knowledge, and links to global markets through their networks and their language and cultural skills," he said in a press release.

The Strategy involves 33 actions, which will come into effect this month.  These actions include opening an employment agency designed to mediate between employers and immigrants, the community focussing on the families or partners of the newcomers who have been left in the migrants’ homeland, developing a website for regional information (including local laws and health services), and English language support.

"The Strategy's vision emphasises the two-way relationship involved in successful settlement.  Everyone in the Wellington region has a role to play – whether it’s as individuals, businesses, employers, community organisations, or central or local government.  We can all offer a warm welcome and support for newcomers," added Shane Jones, Associate Immigration Minister.  "The Strategy supports their successful integration into the region, so they can become active participants in their new communities.  Feeling settled speeds up the valuable contribution that newcomers make to New Zealand."

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