Story: Central and South-eastern Europeans

A new beginning

A new beginning

Bleron Fusha, the first New Zealand-born Kosovar, celebrates his birthday with his mother Mevlude, father Jahja and sister Liberta. The name Bleron is Albanian for ‘new beginning’ and symbolises the hopes of the Fusha family and others like them who arrived in New Zealand in 1999 as refugees from their war-torn homeland.

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John Wilson, 'Central and South-eastern Europeans - Immigration history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015