Government announces support to better protect migrants from exploitation

Published: 01 July 2021

New measures have come into force on 1 July 2021. The changes are part of a wider Government initiative to combat all forms exploitation supported by $50m 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 six 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.

Find out more about the temporary migrant worker exploitation review

Who to contact about exploitation

To contact the dedicated migrant exploitation team, contact MBIE on 0800 20 00 88 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am-5.30pm (excluding public holidays))

To report migrant exploitation online, fill out the form Reporting migrant exploitation on the Employment New Zealand website:

Reporting migrant exploitation(external link) — Employment New Zealand

To report anonymously, call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or make an anonymous report on the Crime Stoppers website:

Crime Stoppers(external link)

To report people trafficking, call New Zealand Police 105 or 111 (if it is an emergency).

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