Supporting Refugee Background Learners 


New Zealand welcomes 1500 quota refugees per year, and after a 5-week programme at the Mangere refugee resettlement centre, former refugee children move into the community and into your schools. It is with great excitement and hopes that these children join your communities, and their joy, resilience and culture will bring a great richness to your school. Some children of refugee background may have been in New Zealand for many years, or perhaps their parents or grandparents came to New Zealand as refugees. 

In collaboration with teachers from the Mangere Refugee Resettlement centre, we have compiled these teacher tips for welcoming former refugee students, as well as strategies for ongoing inclusion as is a right under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. If you would like further support in this area, please get in touch at 

Refugee background learners

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