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New refugee sponsorship programme soon to be rolled out

Hisham Al-Zarzour recommends the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) programme having come to New Zealand under the pilot, in 2018. Photo: Stuff / Pool

When Hisham Alzarzour got the call that he had been selected for a pilot resettlement scheme which would see his family settled in New Zealand, he jumped at the chance.

"To be honest, I will say yes if they will tell me any country. I thought first just to say 'Yes, please'," he said.

Hisham and his wife were living in Jordan at the time, having fled Syria after the war broke out.

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