We can change the lives of thousands of people who are forced to flee their homes because of conflict, persecution, and climate change.
New Zealanders want to do more to help people around the world affected by the global refugee crisis. The Green Party will:
- Progressively increase New Zealand’s refugee quota to 4,000 people per year after six years, and properly fund asylum seeker and refugee services.
- Establish a programme for church and community groups to sponsor an additional 1,000 refugees per year.
- Create a new humanitarian visa for people displaced by climate change in the Pacific.
Climate change will only make the global refugee crisis worse. We’re committed to providing new homes for some of the people who are forced out of their own communities and countries by rising seas and extreme droughts, particularly in the Pacific.
To help pay for refugee resettlement, we will require high net worth immigrants who gain New Zealand residency under the Investor and Investor Plus categories to invest a portion of their required investments into building, maintaining, and running the refugee resettlement services.
Accepting more refugees now, from the parts of the world where the need is greatest, will make a significant difference for thousands of families. At this moment in global history, it is the right thing to do.
This Government has committed to a significant and historic increase to the annual quota of refugees from 1000 to 1500 in 2020