Story: Immigration regulation

Afghan refugees arrive at Auckland, 2004

About 130 refugees from Afghanistan who were rescued mid-ocean by the Norwegian freighter Tampa were accepted by New Zealand in 2001 after Australia made them unwelcome. They included teenage boys who had escaped without family members. Under New Zealand’s family reunification policy they and their parents and siblings were eventually reunited. This group arriving at Auckland International Airport in March 2004 are mainly relatives of the ‘Tampa Boys’.

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Immigration regulation - 1986–2003: selection on merit', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015