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ACT welcomes tolerant refugees


ACT welcomes tolerant refugees


June 13, 2016. 1:45pm

ACT supports the increase in the refugee quota, but believes the Government should do more to ensure those arriving in New Zealand share our peaceful values.

“This level of increase is very close to where we would be if we had followed ACT’s policy of increasing the quota in line with our growing population,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “It will make a huge difference in the lives of these individuals, who have the potential to contribute greatly to this country.

“However, this is also a good opportunity to up our commitment to values of peace and tolerance. Why wouldn’t we state these values clearly to the people seeking join our country?

“Countries like Australia and Belgium require immigrants to sign a statement of commitment to national values. A New Zealand Values Statement could include a commitment to respect the basic freedoms that make this country a wonderful place to live.

“Specifically, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and respect for women and those of different sexualities should be understood and respected by all new New Zealanders.”

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