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Scoop Coverage: NZ Responds to Refugee Crisis

Gordon Campbell: On Selecting Refugees, Aussie Generosity And A Cat Video

Now that we know how many Syrian refugees New Zealand will accept, the focus can shift onto how they’ll be selected, and the criteria in play... PM John Key said that the UN would make the initial assessment, with further validation and checks by a New Zealand team working alongside the UN. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On Our Response To The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The full scale of the New Zealand government response to the Syrian refugee crisis – reportedly, the world’s biggest humanitarian challenge since the post-war formation of the UN – has now been revealed.

There is not a lot to be proud of in it. New Zealand will taking in an extra 600 extra refugees from Syria over the next three years (and that’s counting the extra 100 Syria refugees already announced in February) and we will also dedicate 150 places to Syrians within this year’s annual UN refugee quota. Some $48.8 million in fresh money will be allocated to this effort, or roughly $16-20 million per annum, all up. More>>

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600 Extra Places Over 2½ Years: NZ To Take 750 More Syrian Refugees

The Government has today announced New Zealand will welcome 750 Syrian refugees over the next two and a half years in response to the ongoing conflict in Syria, says Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse.

Of the 750 places, 600 will be by way of a special emergency intake above New Zealand’s annual refugee quota of 750, and 150 places will be offered within the quota. More>>

Refugee Advocacy Group Calls For Permanent Quota Increase A one-off quota increase is the absolute minimum the government could offer, according to Doing Our Bit, a campaign to double New Zealand’s annual refugee quota... “Our call to double the quota is based on New Zealand’s 40% population growth since 1987 and 75% decrease in accepted asylum seekers since a peak around 2001." More>>

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Ian Apperly: The Refugees In Strathmore Park, And Why We Need To Take More

My friend is upset. She is Assyrian and has been talking to her aunt in Baghdad and things are not going well. They are trapped inside a suburb the size of Strathmore Park and if they move outside they are likely to be shot. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Leadership On Refugees

John Key still doesn’t get it. At least he’s now talking about raising the UN quota, after – only last Monday – flatly denying that there was any need to do so. Yet even this potential turnaround (the step has yet to be taken ) seems weirdly out of whack. As RNZ has reported:

Mr Key said the Government needed to get good advice before upping its intake in order to ensure other refugees already here were not disadvantaged.

Huh? Surely, the only way that existing refugees would be disadvantaged would be if Key upped the intake without increasing the funds or the services allocated to meet their needs... More>>

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