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Wellingtonians happy to have more refugees making their home here

Sep 7th, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Opinion

NINE out of 10 people spoken to on the streets of Wellington today would welcome more Syrian refugees.

Newswire asked how many immigrants New Zealand should take from Syria.

Only one person spoken to was against taking more.

They were also asked if they had done anything to help yet.

Two people said they had taken direct action by sharing pictures and news on social media to gain more public attention.

The responses were:

Headshot of Greg WilsonGreg Wilson, right, 38, bar owner, Wainuiomata: “ We should take double whatever John Key says we should take. He’s being unreasonable especially when so many kiwis want to help out.”

Sherlie Langden, 52, video production, Te Aro: “We should take all we can, it’s not like we don’t have the room.”

Alli Baker, 24, unemployed, Te Aro: “We have to be humane and take as many as possible and hope if the shoe was on the other foot they would do the same.”

Headshot of Janice LeeMatt Dugood, 25, unemployed, Auckland: “It’s all got to be in line with other war torn countries. I don’t understand why they should get special treatment when they are not the only country going through problems right now.”

Janice Lee, left,  retired, Tawa: “If we help out these people the favour will get returned.”

Lucy Palmer, 29, manufacturing jeweller, Whitby: “We should be matching other western countries per capita because it’s the right thing to do.”

Glen Scott, 42, drug and alcohol councillor, Haitaitai: “We should take at least 2000 at the start, then see how it goes.”

Headshot of Peter SmithJoan Gordon, retired, Porirua: “We need to look to the families who need our help. It’s about time we do something.”

Peter Smith, right, 22, hotel porter, Te Aro: “We have the space and it’s the right thing to do, simple as that.”

Stratten Jackson, 30, Cosmic shop assistant, Johnsonville: “If it hits the fan here and we have refused to help, how many countries will be willing to help us. We should take at least 10,000 because it’s humane.”

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