Temporary migrant worker exploitation review

We are leading an in-depth policy and operational review to better understand temporary migrant worker exploitation in New Zealand and identify impactful and enduring solutions.

About the review

As part of the review, we are:

  • commissioning wide-ranging research on the nature of temporary migrant worker exploitation, and the gaps and opportunities to address this. This research will be conducted through a third party, to provide an independent and confidential space to hear the experiences of migrant and international student groups, and to hear from unions and businesses
  • establishing a consultation group representing migrants, business, union and international students. This group will provide perspectives and be used to test ideas as recommendations are developed.

Read the Minister’s media release announcing the review.(external link)

Read the Cabinet paper: Addressing temporary migrant exploitation [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Next steps

We will provide recommendations to the Minister of Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety. The Minister expects to make decisions later next year.

Who to contact about exploitation

If you are a temporary migrant worker and you believe you are being exploited in the workplace you should contact:

  • Immigration New Zealand on 0508 558 855, or
  • the Labour Inspectorate on 0800 20 90 20

where your concerns will be handled in a safe environment.

You can also contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.