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Labour leader visits Jordan refugee camp

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/04/2016

Labour leader Andrew Little has visited Zaatari, the large Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

Mr Little spent several hours in the camp, meeting with refugee families and staff.

Labour has said it will double New Zealand's refugee quota to 1500 if it gets into government. The increase would happen progressively over three years.

Mr Little told TV3's The Nation program on Saturday the increase would cost $60 million.

He said New Zealand had the infrastructure to cope and could afford to take more refugees.

"New Zealanders are a big-hearted, generous people and it is right that we do our bit on the world stage," he said.

The current refugee quota of 750, set in 1987, is under review.

Prime Minister John Key hasn't commented about whether he thinks it's likely to increase as a result of that review.

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