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New Zealand response to refugee quota announcement mixed

Sep 7th, 2015 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Latest News, News

NEW ZEALANDER’S have been quick to have their say on the Government’s announcement of a special emergency refugee intake this afternoon.

The announcement follows increasing pressure for the Government to do more in response to the refugee crisis unfolding in Europe.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said that 600 additional refugees will be offered resettlement in New Zealand over the next three years.

Immediate response to the news has been divided.  Some say the announcement is a good start while others have expressed the view that it is not nearly enough.

Some commentators on twitter say the Government is failing refugees and is shirking its international responsibility.

Others say the Government is doing enough and is already stretching refugee services to capacity.

The emergency intake will include reserving 100 places in this year’s refugee quota for Syrian refugees and will add an additional 100 places to the quota for the next financial year.

The other 500 places will be added to the existing quota of 750.

Some of those tweeting had concerns around the cost of a plan that will add an additional $48.8 million to the $58 million that the Government already spends on resettling refugees each year. 

The Green party also supported the announcement, but says more has to be done.

The party will continue with its plan to introduce a bill aimed at permanently raising the quota.

Amnesty International New Zealand responded by saying that the announcement is an overdue and welcome step forward but that more needs to be done.

They are encouraging members of the public to attend their candlelight vigils in Auckland and Wellington on Thursday to show support for doubling the quota.  

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