New Zealand has dismal refugee figures

According to Golriz anyway

Golriz Ghahraman attending school in Iran Source/ Facebook

New Zealand?has an agreement to take refugees, and takes as many as it can handle. Probably more than we can handle, particularly seeing that we have a housing crisis of our own, and refugees obviously displace residents when they are housed. We have more homeless people that we can deal with, and these are just about all Kiwis, many of whom have fallen on hard times. It makes no sense that Golriz Ghahraman should complain that our refugee numbers are ‘dismal’ or does she just want us to throw open the doors, like other countries, and let them overrun us?

I suspect she does want that. quote:

As global refugee numbers surge and some nations close their doors, New Zealand is looking to double its quota.

Yet some are asking whether it’ll be enough to make up for a “dismal” intake that’s barely grown in decades.

Despite its reputation for openness and a running debate about its record-high immigration levels, New Zealand’s recent refugee figures are modest compared to Australia and Canada. end quote.

We are a much smaller country, in terms of population than either Australia or Canada. quote:

It took in just over 1000 refugees last year, compared to about 24,000 across the ditch. Since World War II, it’s resettled a total of 33,000.

While there’s some debate about the differences in refugee selection processes and support, New Zealand’s 2017 intake was less than a quarter of Australia per capita.

But the Kiwi quota was last year raised for the first time since 1987, from 750 to 1000.

And lifting it again, to 1500, has been a standing promise by Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party for its first term. end quote.

1500 is enough. Many of the refugees then bring in other family members. That 1500 can turn into 5000 pretty quickly. quote:

Last week, ministers announced the reinstatement of Christchurch as a resettlement location, in a bid to increase capacity.

“It’s a start, but it’s definitely not enough,” Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman, herself an asylum seeker as a child, says. end quote.

Good old Golriz. What is it they say? No show without Punch? quote:

Her party is calling for the number to be raised to 6000 over five years, to place New Zealand between Canada and Australia.

“I think we’ve ridden that wave of a perception of New Zealand that’s idealised in the world,” she says.

“Also we’re so far away … people aren’t trying to swim across as they are in the Mediterranean and dying on our beaches. end quote.

When in doubt, roll out the emotive garbage. They pay money to people smugglers, get in a leaky boat, make it to the other side and that entitles them to be housed and cared for in that country, does it? No, it doesn’t. It does, but it shouldn’t.? quote:

[Murdoch Stevens] says that, while the raw numbers don’t tell the whole story about the quality of New Zealand’s refugee program, it’s a matter of balance.

“New Zealand has prided itself on not cherry-picking the most capable, educated or well-off refugees … [but] in my opinion the focus on the most vulnerable in our refugee quota does not makes up for our dismal historical record,” Dr Stevens says.

“Is it really such a big ask – to be on the same footing as Australia?

“No one is arguing for New Zealand to become a world leader, but just doing our bit.” end quote.

But we are doing our bit. Think about it for a second. So we decide to increase the intake to 6000 a year and then they bring in family members. Even a conservative estimate will increase that to about 25,000 every year. 25,000 people who speak no English, who will need housing and welfare, and education for their children… every year. quote:

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says constraints – particularly a housing crisis – make 1500 a realistic and ambitious refugee quota.

But he hopes future governments won’t take decades to lift it again.

“We need to be able to settle people well,” Mr Lees-Galloway says. end quote.

In New Zealand, we do generally settle people well but it is still quite possible for ghettos to form if we have too many refugees settling in the same place. This has happened overseas, as we all know, and it is not good for the locals. It is not good for the refugees either. quote:

He says Kiwis do care about the issue, and points out the program takes on vulnerable and high-needs people who may not be accepted elsewhere. end quote.

Great. Like people who hijack planes. Why do we need those sort of people here? quote:

New Zealand’s resettlement program has a long and proud history, and a successful record – one that’s made possible by the country’s welcoming attitudes.

And it’s those attitudes that mean there’s capacity to do more, she says. end quote.

There may be a tolerance for refugees here at the moment, but there are a number of reasons for that. First, thanks to Australian immigration policy, we are not getting boatloads of people arriving here. Secondly, we take small numbers. Thirdly (and probably the most important) we haven’t had any significant events, such as shootings or attacks with vehicles that have been brought about by refugees… yet. A few such events have happened in Australia, and it is only a matter of time before we get something of a similar nature here.

The minute someone yells “Alluh Akbar” as they drive a van into a crowd of people somewhere here, any sympathy towards our refugee quota will dissipate very fast.

So be grateful, Golriz, that we take any refugees at all. While I have sympathy for people who live in war zones, many of those that want to come here are not escaping war and treachery. They are country shopping.

Sorry if that offends. The comment may be a little close to home for you too.

 

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