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Chileans become New Zealanders

Chileans become New Zealanders

After the military coup in 1973, the Guerrero family was forced to flee their native Chile. In 1977, having spent three years in a refugee camp in Argentina, the family arrived in New Zealand. More than 25 years later, Cristina and Oscar, now New Zealand citizens, are still mainstays of the Chilean community in Christchurch. Their children, like other young New Zealanders, have roamed the world.

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John Wilson, 'Latin Americans - Immigration history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/669/chileans-become-new-zealanders (accessed 11 July 2020)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 30 Mar 2015