Get ready for New Zealand to take more refugees

Cabinet will today consider whether to raise New Zealand’s refugee quota, which hasn’t moved in nearly three decades.

The Government has come under increasing pressure to double the current quota of 750, with Opposition political parties and groups such as Amnesty International leading the charge.

On Saturday night a plane carrying a banner reading ‘It’s time to double the refugee quota’ flew over Eden Park just before the All Blacks vs Wales match.

Talking to Paul Henry this morning, Prime Minister John Key wouldn’t confirm or deny whether the quota would go up.

“Cabinet’s considering the matter today,” he said. “It’ll go through the various options. There are a range of options listed in the paper of what we could do, and we’ll make a decision on that.”

World Refugee Day is a week away, but on Wednesday there will be a reception at Parliament hosted by the Red Cross and Minister of Immigration Michael Woodhouse. The Australia and New Zealand representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr Thomas Albrecht, will also be there.

The Government in 2013 committed to reviewing the quota in 2016. While it’s currently 750, the number of people settled in New Zealand is usually a bit over 1000, with an extra 300 or so refugees’ family members also allowed in, as well as asylum seekers fleeing persecution.

I have no problem with the principle of providing gold-plated new lives to people who are genuinely in need. As we’ve seen from other parts of the world, however, importing other countries’ problems is a risky thing to do. And, as we’ve seen just over the last 24 hours, it’s not even those who took our safety, education and health that we have to worry about.  It’s their children who are also likely to spit into the host nation’s face.

How about Muslim refugees get taken in by Muslim countries?  That would just be common sense.


– Dan Satherly, Newshub

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