NZ’s annual 750 quota of refugees often not filled

NZ Refugee Council president Dr Nagalingam Rasalingam said he was “completely shocked” to hear the country often accepts fewer than 750 refugees each year.

The government’s agreement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees allows the 750-quota to go as low as 675 or as high as 825.  New Zealand often falls closer to the minimum mark – and has not once gone over the quota in the past six years.

The regular shortfall amounted to 327 refugees spots that went unfilled in New Zealand between 2005 and 2011.


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