Political Roundup: Increasing the refugee quota to 60,000 – https://t.co/sd2VMvKkuQ
— Bryce Edwards (@bryce_edwards) June 16, 2016
Bryce Edwards says we should be increasing our refugee quota to 60,000. I’m not kidding. He says so in his email and in his Herald column.
New Zealand could increase the refugee quota from 750 per year to about 60,000. That would put us in line with Sweden’s efforts.
We could even just increase it to about 56,000 to put us in line with how many refugees Germany took last year. But as Murdoch Stephens, spokesperson for the Doing Our Bit campaign, says, “No-one argues we should match the Swedes and increase our quota 80-fold”, and he just wants the quota doubled to 1500 – see his opinion piece, Refugee quota boost ‘less than bare minimum.
Instead of an increase to 60,000, or even just 1500, the Government has decided this week on a figure of 1000 per year. Why not more? In Stephens’ article, he suggests that National Government politicians are too removed from the realities of the refugee crisis, and he challenges them to visit a refugee camp where they would see the lives that could be saved and improved if New Zealand increased the quota.