Refugee Quota: Of course it’s nice to be nice

The arrival of 5700 refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq has police resources stretched to the limit — as they beg for more officers. Picture: Carmela Roche

Demonstrators at Parliament have condemned New Zealand’s record on refugees, saying the government should match Australia’s generosity.

New Zealand currently lets in 750 refugees, but plans to increase that to 1000 next year. The country ranks 97th in the world for hosting of refugees per capita.

More than 100 people gathered outside Parliament today to mark World Refugee Day, calling on politicians to increase the country’s refugee quota and asking individual MPs to pledge their support to the campaign.

It’s all very well to ask for more people to come here when you aren’t personally responsible for having to take care of them.

As for matching Australia’s generosity, I think that only works if we duplicate Australia’s complete approach.

Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre (Australia)



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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