Increase New Zealand's Refugee Quota
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In the face of a global refugee crisis, with over 51 million people displaced around the world, New Zealand has a chance to continue to demonstrate its values of hospitality and generosity by increasing our refugee quota from 750 to 1000 as requested by the Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy and supported by the Refugee Council of New Zealand.
Our quota has not been adjusted in 30 years though our population has increased over that time.
The government has done some good work over the last couple of years improving the refugee resettlement strategy to achieve better outcomes for all refugees coming here. Those improvements provide a timely opportunity to increase our quota.
As we get involved in military intervention within a conflict that has created an exponential increase in the number of global refugees, we must also consider our ability to extend care and hospitality within our beautiful land to those whose lives have been ripped apart by displacement; where they have lost everything and need to begin again.
Put your name to this petition to show your support for opening our land to more people in need.
for people of the Christian faith, let's not forget the mandate shown in scripture toward this:
'He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.' (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)
'Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing, some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.' (Hebrews 13:2)
'If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.' (1 John 3:17-18)
Image credit: By Trocaire from Ireland (DSC_0871 (Syria 1, Emergencies 6)) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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