New Zealand has been experiencing record high levels of migration since 2013. In the last 5 years, the number of arrivals with the intention to stay for 12 months or longer reached an average of 130,000 migrants p.a. However, little is known about migrants who set up small businesses in New Zealand – their journey, their motivation, their pain points, and how they interact with various sectors to seek information.

In 2018, Belong Aotearoa (formerly known as Auckland Regional Migrant Services or A.R.M.S.) in partnership with ATEED led a working group to launch “Migrant Entrepreneurs in New Zealand” research initiative. The research was designed with the perspective of helping key stakeholder groups understand the role that they play in migrant entrepreneurs’ journey. These stakeholder groups are central government, local government, business associations, community groups, and private sector.


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