Family Structures

Family Structures (pdf)
01 Jul 2000

The New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) undertook a review of family sponsored immigration policy. One of the key issues addressed was what is the appropriate definition of family. To contribute to this work, the Service
commissioned a report on this topic. This study:

  • identifies how the concept of ‘family’ differs for different ethnic groups
  • identifies within the different concepts of ‘family’, the key relationships whereby obligatory ties exist between family members
  • describes the key characteristics of relationships that involve a high level of interdependence.


This report is based on a literature review and 15 interviews with people who have migrated to New Zealand from the Pacific, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

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