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To: Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dear Winston, let's double the refugee quota and do our bit
19 September: The annual refugee quota will lift from 1000 to 1500 by 2020, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced! https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/107203279/Refugee-quota-lifting-to-1500-by-2020
When you announced the increase in the Overseas Development Assistance earlier this year you said we can and must show the international community that New Zealand is serious in addressing the global and regional challenges and helping people in need.
We ask you now to help people in need by doubling the refugee quota to 1500. You supported raising the quota last year from 750 to 1000 - New Zealand can provide the opportunity to live in peaceful, caring communities to 500 more men, women and children, and we believe we should do it.
This is such a small number in the big scheme of things, but will mean so much to those families seeking a chance to rebuild their lives.
The world needs us now.
Why is this important?
The Government already has plans underway to support the small number of families that will come with a rise in the refugee quota. The opening of facilities in Invercargill and Christchurch will make it easy to meet the needs of people granted refuge in New Zealand.
What we really need to do is fix both the housing crisis and help those in need. We could be taxing extreme wealth in individuals and corporations so the government has enough money to do both.
Millions of people around the world are looking to rebuild their lives where it’s safe. To raise our refugee quota from 1000 to 1500 is still a small number compared with other countries - even Australia accepts many times more people seeking refuge than New Zealand per capita.
With 60 million people around the world looking to set up a safe home, an increase from 1000 to 1500 is a small number for us, but will mean the world for those people.
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1. NZ is a long way off its international aid commitment, but is moving in the right direction https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/103751999/nz-is-a-long-way-off-its-international-aid-commitment-but-is-moving-in-the-right-direction
2. Invercargill chosen as new refugee settlement location https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/media-releases/invercargill-chosen-new-refugee-settlement-location
3. Fixing NZ's 'dismal' refugee figures https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/fixing-nzs-dismal-refugee-figures/news-story/d5ad0c7d3c6a7d17d0642fc5767a924f
4. Figures at a Glance http://www.unhcr.org/figures-at-a-glance.html
Winston Peters declares U-turn on Government's plan to boost refugee quota
NZ works to double refugee quota as others close their borders https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104837520/NZ-works-to-double-refugee-quota-as-others-close-their-borders
Winston Peters: NZ should increase refugee numbers
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