Unfair and discriminatory
which regions does New Zealand take refugees from and why?
This article considers changes to the regional composition of New Zealand’s annual refugee resettlement quota under the fifth National government. The method is based on an analysis of material collected across four years of Official Information Act requests and further research conducted in the course of the Doing Our Bit campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee resettlement quota. The article outlines changes to the regional composition, the stated rationale behind them, and the effect of these changes. It concludes with an argument that these changes be reversed by the new Labour-led government.
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