Otago Daily Times

Migrant worker support


Wellington: The emergency benefits for temporary visaholder­s will be set at the same rate as New Zealand’s main unemployme­nt benefit.

From December, migrant workers who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic will be able to get an emergency benefit for a limited time.

Usually, people who are not residents or citizens are not eligible for support from the Ministry of Social Developmen­t.

A spokesman for Social Developmen­t Minister Carmel Sepuloni confirmed the amount would be the same as the jobseeker benefit.

They would not be eligible for extra support, such as the accommodat­ion supplement or food grants.

A union for migrant workers said the Government’s announceme­nt was a longawaite­d and welcome relief. — RNZ

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