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Government announces support to better protect migrants from exploitation

New measures have come into force on 1 July 2021. The changes are part of a wider Government initiative to combat all forms of exploitation, supported by $50 million in funding over 4 years.

The new measures include:

  • a new visa to support migrants to leave exploitative situations quickly and remain lawfully in New Zealand. This visa will be valid for up to 6 months.
  • a new dedicated 0800 number and web form to make it easier to report migrant worker exploitation.

The primary focus of these new initiatives is to make it easier for migrant workers to report exploitation and ensure migrants are able to leave exploitative situations as quickly as possible.

The changes will be supported by a substantial increase in funding for compliance and enforcement through Employment New Zealand and Immigration New Zealand. This will help ensure they’re better resourced to respond to reports of exploitation and take action.

Migrant exploitation