The intention of going to a non-native country to settle permanently is called immigration. The first immigrants into New Zealand probably got there around 50,000 years ago. This first migration wave were the ancestors of the New Zealand aborigines. New Zealand has seen its biggest influx of immigrants after the Second World War. Since 1945, around 7 million immigrants, mainly from Europe, have reached New Zealand. Today, some factions (mainly the Sustainable Population New Zealand (SPA) have expressed concern about the population growth in New Zealand and have called for a further cut in the number of immigrations, arguing that the content cannot sustain is current population growth.
People immigrate for a number of reasons, most commonly to join relatives already living there or to seek better opportunities. For Immigration to be made easier, people often can carry out DNA immigration testing to prove that they have living biological relatives in the country they wish to settle in. Every case is handled by the immigration department and the DNA immigration testing company will assist you by providing you with further information. The kit will be sent to you by the DNA testing company, but samples will have to be taken by a local GP or registered nurse. More about Immigration testing in New Zealand on Immigration DNA testing.
Different types of DNA immigration testing may be performed in order to confirm biological links which include: Paternity testing, maternity testing, sibling testing and testing for other relationships that go beyond the nuclear family such as: grandparents, cousins and aunts/uncles.
Immigration authorities around the world use DNA testing among other means, as part of a security requirement for conclusively proving family relationships.
The New Zealand Department of Immigration and Border Protection approves DNA testing as one of the means of proving alleged biological relationships. DNA testing in New Zealand for immigration purposes is not legally required, however it is highly recommended in cases where there is a need to verify alleged biological relationships to the authorities. The department does not accept all DNA tests; they must conform to standards that are national and/or international accredited. NATA, which stands for the National Association of Testing Authorities is one of the main local accreditation bodies that deals with accreditation of laboratories all around the country. Therefore it is imperative that the client chooses to undergo DNA immigration testing in a NATA accredited laboratory.
It is important to note that fees of the immigration DNA testing process is the sole responsibility of the client, immigration departments do not at any point arrange appointments or fund the DNA testing process and are not held liable for results. Furthermore, if results are not satisfactory to the immigration department they may request further testing.
Refugee Status in New Zealand
Asylum seekers may be offered refugee status in New Zealand depending on how they have arrived in New Zealand (legally or illegally). A refugee is someone who has typically fled their country and is unable to turn back due to fear of persecution. People moving to another country for economic opportunities or simply to seek a better life are not accorded refugee status. New Zealand has certain obligations to protect people seeking refugee status. Some New Zealand NGOs set out to help refugees integrate into New Zealand culture, making it easier for them to become active and participative members of New Zealand society and work culture. One of the leading organisations that help refugees is the New Zealand Refugee Association. EasyDNA has sponsored the ARA as part of its corporate social responsibility towards building a better world and reaching out to those in need.