The New Zealand Government has established a new category for former refugees to immigrate to New Zealand. Known as the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category (CORS), it provides a partnership between Government and Community organisations to help up to 30 Syrians to settle in NZ. Four organisations were approved to be community sponsors in December 2017.
South West Baptist Church was one of the chosen four. Being a community sponsor means that we agree to provide support to three Syrian families for a two year period to enable them to settle into Christchurch. Read more about this pilot programme here.
It is important to note that South West Baptist Church does not determine who has the right to immigrate to New Zealand. That is the role of the Government. Our responsibilities begin once the former refugees are in the country.
Our goal is to support the former refugees to become fully functioning members of society, in a way that is respectful of their beliefs and culture.
Our motivation for doing this arises from our desire to see strong and welcoming communities in New Zealand – places where people are healthy, whole and in a relationship with each other and with God.
Information presented at an open meeting on 15 February 2018 is available here.
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