Refugee quota tweaked up

The Government has announced a small annual increase in New Zealand’s refugee quote, from 750 to 1,000.

This is on top of the 750 Syrian refugees that have been arriving here and will continue to arrive over a 3 year period.

Woodhouse: Not enough simply to relocate to another country and leave them, there’s significant investment to be made – quality not quantity

Says it’s about quality of settlement of refugees not quantity.

Says he’s satisfied with the background check process currently in place for people coming in to NZ.

Newshub now has details: NZ to increase refugee quota to 1000

New Zealand will increase its refugee quota from 750 a year to 1000. Prime Minister John Key said the change would be from 2018.

The increase will be the first change in 40 years.

It comes after a recommendation from Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse was taken to Cabinet this morning.

That level of increase was backed by three parties – Labour, the Greens and United Future. The Act Party supported a higher quota, but stopped short of doubling it.

NZ First leader Winston Peters has supported an increase in the quota, provided general immigration numbers are brought down significantly.

Immigration New Zealand has confirmed that it has capacity for 1500 refugees a year if funding for community services is increased.

In the whole scheme of things that will make little difference apart from allowing the country to claim it is doing a bit more of it’s share.

But for 250 people a year it will make a huge difference to their lives.

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  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  13th June 2016

    In light of Orlando, Wayne reckons JK should have pounced on that as a *legitimate reason* NOT to increase our refugee quota. The only upside he can see, is that it’s ‘only’ 250 and not the 500 as we were lead to believe it was going to be :/

    I think its probaly a case of ‘reverse psycology’…..promise big, deliver small. That way he’s goy a foot in both campz. Better than having to make the hard decisions i guess!!

    • Iceberg

       /  13th June 2016

      Refugees aren’t the problem. It’s the Islamic govts and others who are supporting the madness that are the problem.

  2. Geoffrey

     /  13th June 2016

    A 33% increase is not a small cheese: it is huge. Just think for a minute of the extraordinary challenges the services supporting our refugee intake would have to rise to. Consider how any other NZ social service might cope with a rapid 33% increase in its work burden. If refugees admitted into this country from non-English speaking (and culturally remote) countries are to be usefully introduced into our culture and way of life, we cannot afford the feel-good factor of precipitous speed. We owe it to both our present citizens and to those yet to come to address this matter with some circumspection.

    • Mefrostate

       /  14th June 2016

      Good thing the funding was increased by the same proportion then.


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