The health status of quota refugees screened by New Zealand's Auckland Public Health Service between 1995 and 2000

N Z Med J. 2005 Oct 28;118(1224):U1702.


Each year New Zealand accepts approximately 750 refugees from overseas for resettlement in New Zealand. Known as "Quota Refugees", these people arrive in groups of 125 six times each year. Since 1979 their first six weeks in New Zealand have been spent at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland. This Centre comprises several agencies which prepare the refugees for their life in New Zealand. Among the agencies is a Medical Clinic, which provides health screening, and management of any medical problems found. This paper describes the findings of the health screening, mainly those refugees screened between 1995 and 2000, but also includes some historical data from the opening of the Resettlement Centre.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Body Mass Index
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Hematologic Diseases / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Public Health Practice / statistics & numerical data*
  • Refugees / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sex Distribution
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Women's Health