11 Nov 2020

First post-pandemic refugees finish managed isolation

From Morning Report, 8:44 am on 11 November 2020

The first batch of refugees to arrive in the country since the border closed have now completed managed isolation.

The 16 asylum seekers were prioritised as emergency cases because of a perceived high risk of death, jail, or expulsion from their own countries.

As many as 1000 more refugees, approved to come to New Zealand before the pandemic hit, are still trapped abroad waiting for the country's doors to open.

Amy Williams filed this report.