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New Zealand will lift the refugee quota from 1000 to 1500 within this political term, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

Minister Responsible for the NZSIS and GCSB, Hon Andrew Little, and Minister of Immigration Iain Lees-Galloway attended the annual Five Country Ministerial, held in the Gold Coast, Australia on 28-29 August.

That last-minute burden of filling out a departure card before taking flight for overseas will be a thing of the past come November, when travellers will no longer need to complete the bothersome documents, say Immigration Minister Iain-Lees Galloway and Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri.

The announcement that Christchurch can once again be a settlement location for refugees represents an important step for New Zealand’s ambitions to increase the refugee quota, and is a milestone for the city’s post-earthquake recovery, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Changes to post-study work rights will help ensure international students coming to New Zealand gain in-demand skills for our economic growth, incentivise study in the regions and help reduce the risk of student exploitation, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said today.

The global fight against people smuggling and human trafficking will be more effective when governments and businesses combine their powers, continuing the momentum of the Government Business Forum at the Bali Process, says Minister of Immigration Iain Lees-Galloway.

The Government is proposing changes to make it easier for the building and construction industry to employ workers from overseas and help build the houses and infrastructure that New Zealand desperately needs, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway

Plans to strengthen border security by requiring most airline and cruise passengers to provide better information before leaving their home country have been released for consultation by Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Proposals to change student post-study work rights announced today will help eliminate migrant exploitation and make sure that migrants granted residency contribute the skills that New Zealand needs, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

The Coalition Government is making a significant investment in immigration services to better detect exploitation of migrants and continue to improve visa processing, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.
Increased capacity at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, additional resources for asylum and protection claims, and housing support for quota refugees highlight New Zealand’s humanitarian values, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Young New Zealanders will soon be able to set their sights on Portugal to live, work and play.

It's a great pleasure to be here today talking to you for what is my first major immigration-related speech since I became Minister in October.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has today announced the four community-based organisations who will be the first in New Zealand to sponsor refugees planned to arrive here by June 2018 under a ground-breaking new approach.

It will be easier for the building industry to find the workers it needs to help address New Zealand’s housing shortfall, with seven building-related occupations being added to the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL), Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced today.