Peoples Power starts to assert our basic humanity in refugee crisis
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director
Reprinted from The Daily Blog
A powerful campaign has erupted in NZ to ask the government to at least double the current pitifully low level of 750 refugees being accepted each year. The quota hasn’t increased since 1987. This places us at 90th on the UN list for per capita acceptance of refugees. Even Australia accepts 13,750 as its quota which is one per 1700 compared to our one per 6000! Australian politicians however still treat refugees as political football and try to outbid each other in how harshly they can treat them. The creation of concentration camps on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea was the inevitable consequence.