The Green Party on immigration and the refugee quota

I contacted National, Labour, Act, The Maori Party, NZ First, the Greens, the Opportunities Party, the Conservatives and United Future to ask them all three questions. Five parties responded to my questions and I published their responses in full and un-edited. My attempts to get a response from the Green Party were unsuccessful so I have used their immigration policy as published on their website to find the answers to the questions I asked the other parties.

Question:

The perception of many of our readers is that left-of-centre political parties prefer immigrants from low socio-economic countries who are highly dependent on the state and poorly educated because immigrants like that will naturally vote for the left-of-centre parties who allowed them in. Which immigrants get priority under the Green’s policy and why?

Answer: 

We support an appropriate and sustainable flow of migrants, including skilled migrants and those accepted for humanitarian and family reasons…

…Take all reasonable steps to prevent immigration numbers and the sale of land to rich immigrants from having an adverse impact on Aotearoa/NZ and its Taonga.

Key principles

…Maintain a sustainable net immigration flow to limit effects on our environment, society and culture.

…Ensure that Maori, as tangata whenua, have a partnership role in determining Aotearoa/New Zealand’s immigration policy

Recognise the importance of tolerance, acceptance and understanding in a diverse and multicultural society.

Selecting Voluntary Migrants

  • Give priority in the skilled migrant category to skills needed for a sustainable society and economy.
  • Require strict scrutiny of applications in the investor category for overall benefit to Aotearoa/NZ
  • Only make decisions to use immigration as an instrument of economic policy openly by an Act of Parliament

– greens.org.nz

Question:

Many of our readers do not trust the UN to decide which refugees we will get and are concerned that they are not being vetted properly. There is also the problem that Christian and non-Muslim refugees who are more easily able to integrate and assimilate into New Zealand are not safe inside the camps and flee them which results in an almost 100% Muslim refugee intake for New Zealand. Given that we are a Christian and secular country where does your party stand on our refugee quota?

Answer:

Human Rights and Refugees

Increase our refugee quota.
Increase the resources government makes available for refugees’ successful resettlement.
Change the system for refugee family reunification from a lottery to a fair process with published priorities and standards.

Refugee and Immigration Services and Administration

Fund more support of refugees, including for a period of more than 6 months where required.

– greens.org.nz

Question:

Our readers would also like to know if your party would support putting persecuted minorities such as Christian and non-Muslim refugees at the front of the queue?

Answer:

( I was unable to find any information on the Green Party website to answer this question.)

 

 


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