NZ Agree to accept 100 more refugees

NZ Agree to accept 100 more refugees
Syrian refugees. Warning: this article contains image that readers may find distressing

John Key’s government has bowed to pressure and accepted 100 more refugees from Syria to come to New Zealand.

The news has been revealed by the UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery this morning to the The Nation. 

However critics said Hon. Key did not do enough with Opposition Leader Andrew Little saying the Government’s response to the refugee crisis must reflect the scale of the massive humanitarian disaster unfolding in Europe.

Hon Little said:  “the response must be proportionate to what New Zealand can offer these families who are fleeing for their lives with little more than the clothes on their backs.

The Green Party was disappointed and its Co-leader James Shaw said: “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,”

“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.

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Young boy found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach Greece. Photo/Reuters

“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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  1. Ongoongo Faka-Tonga  05/09/2015 at 13:44

    Kuo lahi pe hono tenge ʻo e Palēmiá John Key ke tali e hū mai ʻa e kumi hūfanga Sīliá ke nau ki Nuʻu Sila ní pea kuo holomu ai e takí ni ʻo fakahā kuo loto hono puleʻangá ke toe ʻomai ha toko 100 fakalahi mai.

    Ko hono fakahā ʻeni ʻo e ongoongó ki he Polokalama The Nation ʻa e 3News he pongipongi ʻo e ʻaho ní.

    Taimi tatau ʻoku pehē foki ʻe he ʻū faʻahi fakaangá ʻoku ʻikai feʻunga e fika ko ʻeni tonu ke toe lahi ange.

    Pehē ʻe he taki ʻo e Leipá Andrew Little kuopau ke hanga ʻe he fakafeangai ʻa Nuʻu Sila ki he faingataʻa fakamāmani lahi ko ʻeni kuo hokó ʻo huluʻi mai e ʻāfaʻafa ʻo e feingataʻá, ʻo ne ʻuhinga ka ʻoku lau Kilu e feholaki mo e kumi hūfanga ʻa e kakaí ni ki mulí ʻe pau ke tahataha hake ʻa e fika ʻo ha kau kumi hūfanga ʻe tali ke hū mai ki Nuʻu Silá ni ke vā tatau mo e tokolahi ko iá.

    Ko e tokolahi ʻoku fakaʻatā ʻe Nuʻu Silá ni ki ha kau kumi hūfanga ke hū mai ko e toko 825 he taʻu pea kuo pehē ai ʻe he Faʻahi Fakaangá ko e pēseti pe ʻeni ia ʻe 10 ʻo e fika ko iá kuo talí.

    ʻOku toe fakaangaʻi foki ʻe he Green Party ʻa e fika ko ʻeni ʻo ne pehē ʻoku ʻikai feʻunga.

    Taimi tatau oku kalo mamahi ha tokolahi ia mei he kakaí ʻo pehē ʻoku totonu ke holoki hifo e fiká ia he ʻe hoko e kakai ko ʻení ko ha fakakavenga ʻi he kahaʻú.

    Ko e kakai foki ʻeni ʻo e fonua ko ia ko Sília kuo nau movete atu he ngaahi fonua ʻIulopé pea kuo aʻu ki he tuʻunga ko e maʻu he ngaahi matātahí ha sino ʻo ha longaʻi fānau ko e mate melemo tuʻunga ʻi ha faingatāmaki ʻa e ngaahi vaka ʻoku fai ai ʻa e feholakí.

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