New Zealand Resumes Refugee Admissions As Coronavirus Fears Ease By Reuters

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By Praveen Menon WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand said on Friday it will begin welcoming refugees again this month, nearly a year after it closed its borders to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of 35 refugees will arrive in February, and about 210 refugees are expected to enter the country by June 30, New Zealand immigration officials and authorities said. “With health protocols in place and safe travel routes, we are ready to welcome small groups of refugee families as New Zealand residents to this country, to begin their new lives,” Fiona Whiteridge, General Manager, Refugee Services and migrants at Immigration New Zealand, it said in a statement. All arrivals will be required to complete a 14-day stay in government-run isolation facilities. The government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern increased the influx of refugees from the country during her first term from 1,000 a year to 1,500, starting in July 2020. But arrivals were suspended in March last year following the outbreak of the pandemic. of coronavirus, except for a small number. of priority emergencies. New Zealand’s early response to the pandemic has enabled the country to virtually eliminate COVID-19 domestically and avoid the high number of infections and deaths seen in many other nations. It reported a new case of COVID-19 at a quarantine facility on Friday, and no new cases in the community, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 62. New Zealand has reported only 1,959 confirmed cases and 25 deaths. of the coronavirus to date. It ranked at the top of a recent COVID performance index of nearly 100 countries for its handling of the pandemic.

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