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Reaction to the refugee quota increase

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/06/2016

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE REFUGEE QUOTA INCREASE

* "It's not enough simply to relocate them in a strange country and leave them. There's a significant investment that needs to be made to ensure that the settlement outcomes are good" - Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse

* "This is a shameful and inhumane response and a stain on our country's reputation as a good global citizen" - Amnesty International's NZ executive director Grant Bayldon

* "This is hugely disappointing, we are capable of doing better than this" - Labour leader Andrew Little

* "This decision underscores this government's fundamental lack of heart on the issues that matter. We can do better than this" - Green Party immigration spokeswoman Denise Roche

* "The question is not whether New Zealand could be doing more for refugees, but whether we can do so whilst under so much pressure from mindless mass immigration policies" - NZ First leader Winston Peters

* "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 to join our country?" - ACT leader David Seymour

* "While any increase in the annual quota will benefit those who are suffering, New Zealand could have done much better than increasing the quota by a mere 250 people a year" - United Future leader Peter Dunne

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