Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


A One-Off Emergency Refugee In-Take Won’t Cut It

A One-Off Emergency Refugee In-Take Won’t Cut It

Tracey Barnett

“A one-off emergency refugee in-take to New Zealand won’t cut it,” said Tracey Barnett, founder of WagePeaceNZ, a refugee awareness initiative that has been campaigning to double New Zealand’s annual quota. “It would reflect a hollow commitment to doing more on the world stage in the long-term.”

New Zealand currently ranks 90th in the world for the total number of refugees it hosts.

“The Prime Minister will be considering several options. One would be to commit fully to increasing the quota permanently. Another might be to up foreign aid to help Syrians, for example, but not touch the quota level. Still another would be to increase the number of Syrians New Zealand accepts, but simply shuffle that number as part of the existing quota.”

“Months ago, when the New Zealand government chose to spend $65 million to send another small deployment to Iraq, our Prime Minister chastised his opponents to ‘get some guts’. If our Prime Minister merely reshuffles the existing numbers of refugees we take to include more Syrians, that would indeed signal that our government is out of touch with the New Zealand public’s overwhelming support to do more.”

A recent RadioLive poll put New Zealand support of taking more refugees at 82 percent.

Barnett said, “Equally problematic is making the choice to simply do a one-off in-take. That means that the service providers within New Zealand cannot properly sustain amping up their resources, particularly if they recognise that additional trained personnel cannot be maintained in the medium and long term.

If you are going to build a solid foundation to help give refugees productive lives in New Zealand, you have to do it responsibly and well.”

“The best option remains doubling the quota immediately, coupling that with a full commitment to doubling refugee support by the government,” said Barnett.

“The greatest mistake our government could do right now is underestimate the quiet power of the silent majority of New Zealanders who see the images of children being washed up on the morning tide on Turkish beaches and ask, how can we help?”


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of ... More>>

Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: Rightwing Populism Will Make You Sick—Really

The four countries with the most confirmed COVID-19 infections in the world are all led by rightwing populists: the US, India, Brazil, and Russia. Throw in the United Kingdom, which has the largest infection rate in Europe, and you have a common pattern. ... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Early Voting Is OK, If You Know Who To Vote For

Early voting is now open which is great for the 80% or so of the population whose vote does not change from one election to the next. They can go out and vote at their convenience without having to wait for election day. But for those who are yet even ... More>>

The Conversation: Biodiversity: Where The World Is Making Progress – And Where It’s Not

The future of biodiversity hangs in the balance. World leaders are gathering to review international targets and make new pledges for action to stem wildlife declines. Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person, you’re likely ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

By now it seems clear that National have no fresh ideas to offer for how New Zealand could avoid the Covid-19 economic crisis. As in the past, National has set an arbitrary 30% ratio of government debt to GDP that it aims to achieve “in a decade or so,” ... More>>

The Conversation: Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics

Richard Shaw AAP(various)/NZ Greens (CC-BY-SA)/The Conversation Strong team. More jobs. Better economy. So say the National Party’s campaign hoardings. Only thing is, last Sunday’s Newshub-Reid Research poll – which had support for the Labour ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>

  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog