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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to refugees. Refugees are people who are forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster. They often end up living in safe countries, including New Zealand. SCIS 1698545

Amnesty International
Refugees are re-settled in a safe country. Omar, a Somali refugee, is given that chance in Sweden. See his story in the “Rain is beautiful” video. Check out what risks refugees take in order to find a safe place to live and how you can take action in the Europe Act Now campaign.  

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Digital NZ
This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover a set and items, use the search term 'refugees.'

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Immigration statistics living in New Zealand

The refugee quota branch statistics, from 2003-2013 clearly shows how many people arrive according to their nationality, country of departure, age and gender to live in New Zealand.

Suggested level: intermediate

To discover information on the home work site ManyAnswers use the search term ‘refugees’.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Refugees in New Zealand
From 1870s-2003, a large variety of refugee groups have made their home in New Zealand under the Refugee Quota Programme. These families or individuals have often escaped from war or persecution in their own countries including Polish and Somali.children.  

Suggested level: intermediate

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers to protect and assist all refugees, from 1950 to today, in order to find a range of solutions for those affected under international law.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides comprehensive information on refugees at junior and more advanced levels. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Azzi in between, by Sarah Garland, 2012 (picture book)
Christophe’s story, by Nicki Cornwell, 2011 (junior fiction)
Hitler’s angel, by William Osborne, 2012 (YA fiction)
In the shadow of the banyan, by Vaddey Ratner, 2012 (YA fiction)
The treasure box, by Margaret Wild, 2013 (picture book)
Ziba came on a boat, by Liz Lofthouse, 2012 (picture book)

Peter, a refugee’s story in Maban, South Sudan. Doctors Without Borders/MSF-USA.Youtube.3:33