Council & City

Settlers' Profile

Palmerston North is home to people from all over the world. This profile brings together data and research findings on people who were born overseas and now live in our city.

The information in this report is intended to help Council and other community and government agencies with planning for the future and better meeting the needs of settlers.

It makes the distinction between voluntary migrants, who have chosen to move to New Zealand and refugees, who have been forced to leave their birth country. These two groups have very different experiences of coming to live in Palmerston North, and require different services and support.