Greens create opportunity to double refugee quota

The Green Party will today seek to introduce a Bill to Parliament that doubles New Zealand’s annual refugee quota to 1500 immediately, and to 2000 from 2018.

“In a world racked with uncertainty and turmoil, welcoming a few hundred more refugees is the least we can do to pull our weight,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“We’re suggesting a small law change, but it will make a massive difference to people whose lives are affected by conflict and persecution.

“Communities across New Zealand have said they’d welcome more refugees with open arms, so let’s make it happen.

“When we’re in Government we’ll double the quota at our first Cabinet meeting, but National can choose to do it now.

“Now more than ever, it’s important that we uphold our country’s history of doing what’s right and doing what we can to counterbalance injustice overseas,” said Mr Shaw.

The current annual refugee quota is 750 and is scheduled to become 1000 in 2018.

Latest Immigration Announcements

Story

Green Party set to deliver open letter to Immigration Minister with 17k signatures

The Green Party will deliver its open letter asking the Minister for Immigration to fix the broken immigration system next week.
Read More

Story

Greens call for amnesty programme in open letter to immigration minister

The Green Party is calling on the Government to create a broad amnesty programme for people who overstay their visa, and for temporary visa holders...
Read More

Story

National doubles down on lack of care for Kiwis overseas

The Green Party is deeply disappointed but unsurprised at National resorting to the politics of division in its new border policy, showing a comple...
Read More

Story

Green Party protects stranded Kiwis from $3000 fee for coming home

The Green Party are ensuring that New Zealanders who were overseas when COVID-19 hit will not be charged for the cost of isolation or quarantine if...
Read More

Immigration and Refugees

The Green Party welcomes people who want to make Aotearoa their home. The global refugee crisis continues to see millions of people displaced, and ...
Read More

Story

Green Party warmly welcome Behrouz Boochani

The Green Party warmly welcomes Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani, who has been granted refugee status in Aotearoa.
Read More

Latest Foreign Affairs Announcements

Story

Green Party tables motion to recognise Palestinian statehood

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has tabled a motion in the house to recognise and support the right of the Palestinian people to self-deter...
Read More

Story

Green Party condemn violent displacement of Palestinians

The Green Party condemns the violent and forced displacement of the Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah community of East Jerusalem by Israeli forces and set...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome US support for People’s Vaccine

The Green Party strongly supports today’s commitment by the United States joining the call to waive the morally indefensible pharmaceutical patents...
Read More

Story

Green Party accept petition calling for equal distribution of COVID-19 vaccine globally

Green Party spokesperson on Human Rights and Foreign Affairs Golriz Ghahraman will today accept a petition from Oxfam calling on a fair and equitab...
Read More

Story

Green Party protects stranded Kiwis from $3000 fee for coming home

The Green Party are ensuring that New Zealanders who were overseas when COVID-19 hit will not be charged for the cost of isolation or quarantine if...
Read More

Global Affairs

Aotearoa can play a leading role creating a connected and compassionate world, where the global community works together to address issues includin...
Read More