Migrant & Ethnic Communities


Volunteers and Sponsors: A Catalyst for Refugee Integration?
Migration Policy Institute, 2019.

The report offers a few ways in which policymakers can help fill gaps, including by creating policy frameworks that allow agencies to engage volunteers or sponsors where they would add the most value; and provide dedicated resources to establish and maintain effective community engagement.

Cultural Connections – Migrants and Volunteering in New Zealand
Chuah, Eric. Cultural Connections, 2018.

In this document, Cultural Connections, a multicultural research and consulting firm, undertook a quantitative survey with migrant communities through their networks to help VNZ understand how new migrants engage with volunteering. With a better understanding of the issue and opportunities it is possible to develop a programme of work that is more likely to have positive results.

MAVA  Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities
Joyslin, Lisa. Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, 2018.

This article provides eight different strategies that volunteer organisations can use to recruit for volunteers from diverse ethnic backgrounds.  

ActivAsian volunteers
Settlement ACTIONZ. ACTIONZ 6, July 2016.

This article is about the genesis and purpose of ActivAsian Volunteers, an initiative started by Harbour Sport, that brings Chinese – and other Asian – student groups together to take part in volunteering activities. The article covers the benefits of this initiative and an interview with a member. 

ActivAsian – Working with migrant populations
Settlement ACTIONZ. ACTIONZ 6, July 2016.

This article looks at the ActivAsian initiative and from it, provides advice and data about how volunteer organisations and the wider communities can connecting effectively with migrant populations.  

Tips for keeping migrant volunteers 
Settlement ACTIONZ. ACTIONZ 6, July 2015.

This article provides tips for volunteer organisations about how to retain migrant volunteers. The content is adapted from ‘A PATH TO INTEGRATION: Migrants Volunteering in the Community, International Organisation for Migration’ (supported by Immigration NZ).

The motivation and reasons for volunteering of Chinese new settlers in New Zealand
Hu, Zheng Jiang. Massey University (Albany), 2014.

This report contains interviews of three Chinese immigrants who had experience as volunteers. The goals of the research were to attempt to find answers to these questions: 1. What are the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations that have led the participants to engage in volunteering activities? 2. How do they think Confucianism or other Chinese traditional philosophies impact on their values and behaviours? 3. How do they assess the influences of immigration and the New Zealand context on their volunteering?

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Source of growth in ethnic communities
The New Zealand Association Resource Centre. April 2013.

This article states that voluntary membership-based organisations can play a meaningful role in breaking down barriers and aiding the assimilation and integration of new citizens. Excerpt: “At a time when many collective entities are experiencing static or declining numbers and suffer from a lack of active volunteers they could seriously consider the migrant population as an available pool of potential members.”

A Common Purpose – Formal Volunteering and Cultural Diversity
Robinson, Fran. Volunteering WA, 2012.

This article contains a resource booklet for agencies and groups involving volunteers that provides information on FAQ’s they may have on how to further increase the diversity of their volunteers. The booklet also includes 20 country profiles, providing information on the structure of volunteering in each country and cultural facts relevant to volunteering. 

Targeted population sport engagement model – Harbour Sport
ActivAsian, June 2010.

The sport engagement model is a model that has been developed to support sports organisations to effectively engage with ethnic communities. It is a check list with a brief explanation supporting each point.

Stories of engagement between mentors and Wellington’s refugee communities
Clements, Elizabeth; Cicak, Branka. Volunteer Wellington & Steele Roberts, 2010.

In 2006, Volunteer Wellington, Changemakers Refugee Forum and the Wellington Community Law Centre set up a mentoring project for Wellington’s refugee communities. This book documents the project, threading its way through the stories of the project team and the participants.

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The experience of Chinese migrants volunteering in mainstream organisations
Ku Hsiang-Lan, Ruby. Tan. Massey University (Albany), 2010.

This was a research report presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work (Applied) at Massey University, Albany, New Zealand. 
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Enabling integration : building social capital through volunteering
Hubscher, Ruth. Just change, February 2008.

On page 28, this article reflects on the contribution ESOL Home Tutor volunteers make to the social capital of NZ. It also looks at the benefits for both the migrant and the volunteer in the relationship they build together through English second language tutoring.

The first door that opened: experiences of migrants in Wellington’s volunteer sector.
Gray, Rebecca. Volunteer Wellington & Steele Roberts, 2008.

This document was originally presented as the author’s thesis (M.A. Applied)–Victoria University of Wellington, 2005.
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‘I made a new friend’: New migrants in the voluntary sector
Harper, Pauline. New dialogue: Magazine of the New Zealand Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations, Mar 2006.

This article describes the various motives of new migrants who sought voluntary sector work with Volunteering Wellington in its Wellington, Lower Hutt and Porirua branches.

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Perceived benefits: views of volunteers in a joint health service/consumer hospital library, a genealogy library and a refugee and migrant centre, with a particular focus on non-English speaking background (NESB) volunteers
Anderson, Valerie Grace. Victoria University, 2006.

This is a thesis/dissertation submitted to the School of Information Management Victoria University of Wellington in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Library and Information Studies.
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Volunteering to work, a trodden path
Basanayake, Asoka. New dialogue: Magazine of the New Zealand Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations, September 2005.

This document describes the services provided by the Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS). It outlines their volunteer programme which was introduced to enable migrants to gain necessary NZ experience for employment.

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Volunteering in ethnic communities
Elborn, Sheryn. New dialogue: Magazine of the New Zealand Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations, September 2005.

This article summarises the report ‘Volunteering in Ethnic Communities, a Dialogue with Ethnic Communities’. It outlines its findings as to the barriers to volunteering for people from ethnic communities. It also mentions other work done by the NZ Federation of Ethnic Councils.

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Ethnic Communities and Volunteering. Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Groups
Volunteering Hawkes Bay, [undated].

Excerpt: “We recognise that for Maori, pacific and ethnic communities the concept of volunteering is different from the New Zealand mainstream idea of volunteering. Ethnic people think of volunteering as the fulfillment of family and social obligations and responsibilities. These activities revolve around helping, sharing and giving, first to their own family, closely followed by their extended families, then to their own ethnic communities and finally to the wider community.”

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