Govt sets up refugee services to fail

The National Government has set up new-arrival refugees and the services that look after them to fail by not providing adequate funding, said the Green Party today.

The National Government has set up new-arrival refugees and the services that look after them to fail by not providing adequate funding, said the Green Party today.

Yet another health provider has today said that they do not have enough funding to support the new arrival of refugees. Last month, Refugee as Survivors, who look after mental health for refugee trauma and torture survivors, said they do not have enough funding from the Ministry of Health to deal with the new arrivals.

“The National Government has set up refugees and the services that look after them to fail. The Syrian people who are arriving in Wellington have been through unimaginable trauma and it’s crucial that they get access to good health services so they can settle in to their new homes,” said Green Party immigration spokesperson Denise Roche.

“The Government bowed to public pressure and reluctantly agreed to an emergency quota last year, but then never provided the adequate funding increase to help new arrivals with their resettlement.

“Instead of wasting public money on flag referendums and bribes to wealthy Saudi businessmen, John Key could have ensured that the services looking after refugees were given the resources they need.

“John Key made a big show of announcing the emergency intake, now he should help some of the most vulnerable people in our country by providing a little bit more health funding,” said Ms Roche.

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