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'Very real chance' of more refugees: PM

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/05/2016

Prime Minister John Key says there is a "very real chance" New Zealand could increase its annual refugee quota.

The current refugee quota of 750, set in 1987, is under review and opposition parties, following the refugee crisis in Syria, have been clamouring for it to be doubled.

On Tuesday, Mr Key told reporters the government did not yet have all the information it needed to make a decision.

However, Immigration New Zealand had increased capacity at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre and there was a lot of pressure to increase.

"I think there is a very real chance it will increase but it will depend on the advice we get and our ability to do a good job for those people."

However, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse was less forthcoming when asked about an increase.

"It could either go up, go down or stay the same ... it'll be one of those three options," he said.

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