Many refugees who have arrived in Wellington were forced to flee their own country due to war and persecution, and may have lost contact with their immediate family. They will typically have permanent residence in New Zealand, but find it difficult to begin a new life knowing that their loved ones have been left behind in a refugee camp, or in similar appalling circumstances.
The most important factor in the successful resettlement of refugees in New Zealand is family reunification, but the costs involved often stand in the way of this outcome. This is why, in 2001, the Refugee Family Reunification Trust was set up.
The Refugee Family Reunification Trust is a Charitable Trust incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 and registered under the Charities Act 2005. The purpose of the Trust is to financially assist refugees in Wellington applying to bring immediate family members to join them in New Zealand. Money raised will be used exclusively to help refugees pay for the expenses directly involved in bringing family members from refugee situations.