11 Apr 2016

'More hardships' for refugees, migrants

4:53 pm on 11 April 2016

Refugees and migrants in Christchurch are struggling to adjust to their new life, research suggests.

Near the suburb of Sumner, Christchurch

Near the suburb of Sumner, Christchurch Photo: 123rf

All-Right?, a joint initiative between the Canterbury District Health Board and the Mental Health Foundation supporting Cantabrians' wellbeing, conducted focus groups with 39 international newcomers in August last year.

All-Right manager Sue Turner said the feedback from the refugees and migrants was that they were facing more hardships than was previously thought.

She said many had been finding it hard to find a home and stable employment in the region.

Ms Turner said having English as a second language contributed to the hardships refugees and migrants faced as they balanced adopting New Zealand culture with trying to retain their own.

She said the language barrier made it hard for immigrants to make friends, isolating them further.

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