100 extra refugees a meager half measure

The Green Party is disappointed by reports that John Key is only willing to take 100 extra Syrian refugees as a response to the desperate humanitarian crisis unfolding around the world.

100 extra refugees a meager half measure

The Green Party is disappointed by reports that John Key is only willing to take 100 extra Syrian refugees as a response to the desperate humanitarian crisis unfolding around the world.

“We understand from the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that New Zealand will take 100 extra Syrian refugees on top of our regular quota of 750,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“If reports are accurate, an extra 100 refugees to tackle such an enormous situation is a start, but a very disappointing start, unfortunately.

“Our quota allows for +/-10 percent already ie a maximum of 825. Therefore, an extra 100 refugees is only an extra 25 people on top our existing quota.

“Once again, National is trying to look like it is doing something, without actually doing anything of significance.

“New Zealand needs to increase its quota permanently, not just do the bare minimum for just this year.

“On Tuesday, the Green Party will be seeking leave of Parliament to introduce Denise Roche’s Member’s Bill which will permanently increase our quota to at least 1000 refugees a year.

“It is heart-breaking to see children and their families fleeing a terrible situation with nowhere to go. We need to do more as a country.

“As an emergency response, 25 extra people is far too little, we prefer Labour’s Bill which will bring an additional 750 refugees into New Zealand this year,” said Mr Shaw.

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