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28 Fijians apply for asylum in New Zealand, only 8 succeed [statistics]

Statistics released by New Zealand Immigration show Fijians leading the list of nationalities applying for refugee status in 2015. Historical data show the highest number of claims from Fijians were in 2010, when 66 such claims were made. In 2015, 28 Fijians applied for refugee status, while only 8 were approved. Top 10 Claims for […]

Calvin Prasad

January 27, 2016 10:37 am

Statistics released by New Zealand Immigration show Fijians leading the list of nationalities applying for refugee status in 2015.

Historical data show the highest number of claims from Fijians were in 2010, when 66 such claims were made.

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In 2015, 28 Fijians applied for refugee status, while only 8 were approved.

Top 10 Claims for refugee status for New Zealand by Nationality
Source: New Zealand Immigration
Nationality Claims in 2015
Fiji 28
Pakistan 27
China 23
Sri Lanka 23
South Africa 22
India 21
Iran 19
Bangladesh 17
Colombia 14
Libya 14
Others 147

According to New Zealand Immigration:

An asylum seeker is a person who fears returning to his or her home country and seeks refugee or “protected person” status.
In New Zealand asylum claims are decided according to the Immigration Act 2009 (the Act).
Your claim will be decided by the Refugee Status Branch, which is a part of Immigration New Zealand (INZ). You cannot be deported from New Zealand while your asylum claim is being processed.

Download the report:
Refugee and Protection Status Statistics Pack [PDF 322KB].

Claims for refugee status in New Zealand by Fiji nationals
Source: New Zealand Immigration
YEAR CLAIMS
2005 12
2006 10
2007 10
2008 7
2009 45
2010 66
2011 29
2012 21
2013 37
2014 29
2015 28

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