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Minister to oversee UN refugee assessment

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/01/2017 Sean Martin

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has gone to Malaysia to see for himself the process that's used to assess refugees submitted for resettlement in New Zealand by the UN.

Mr Woodhouse, who left for Kuala Lumpur on Monday night, says in addition to the UN High Commission for Refugees' own screening processes there's a "robust assessment" by his department.

"Selection interviews focus on credibility, risk and settlement to ensure that the person is not a security risk or a character of concern to New Zealand - and that settlement in New Zealand is the right option for them," he said before he left.

"This work is an integral part of ensuring that those refugees who are resettled in New Zealand do not pose a risk to the country, and that they are well prepared to settle in the communities."

New Zealand accepts 750 refugees a year. The quota will increase to 1000 next year.

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