Refugee Numbers

November 29th, 2007 at 1:11 pm by David Farrar

No Right Turn compares our refugee numbers with Australia and finds that they take in far more per capita than NZ.  He says that the Immigration Service is in denial with their claim NZ has a high refugee rate per capita.

I wondered who was correct, so I went to the UNHCR website and pulled out the latest stats on actual refugees over the last year for each country, and compared it to their population.  I pulled out the main European countries.


This does show us towards the bottom end.  Now one has to be aware of certain factors in each country.  For example Germany does not take many legal refugees but has millions of illegal immigrants or economic refugees, so they probably feel they more than do their bit.

I generally support an increase in our refugee quota, but with a couple of disclaimers:

  1. We need to remain vigilant against fake refugees, bogus asylym seekers etc.  These queue jumpers take the places of genuine refugees who have been judged by UNHCR as needing refuge.
  2. We should use some common sense in accepting refugees, who are most likely to do well in NZ.

3 Responses to “Refugee Numbers”

  1. thehawkreturns (144 comments) says:

    Havn’t you been to the UK or even continental Europe?

    It is a Muslim paradise. The white man, along with his Western traditions is in retreat and the dark ages of religious bigotry, racism, sexual inequality
    and dictatorship are drawing near.

    Does NZ have to repeat every stupid mistake Europe makes, just 30 years later?

    Let the (mainly economic, as far as I can see) refugees stay in or go back to there OWN countries and fight for their freedoms as my ancestors in Europe did over the last 2000 years. Taking refugees is dumb and ultimately causes MORE suffering for those left behind.

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  2. hinamanu (1,407 comments) says:

    “Is this why Australia is so reluctant to asorb us, because we are becoming the new Muslim state of the Pacific with the blessing of the state.

    Is the Labour govt by declaring us a secular nation actually perpertrating a handover of the nation to foreign interests. ”

    I see my post was bang on what you’ve known for 30 yrs hawk.

    Tis a fearful thing

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  3. GNZ (193 comments) says:

    > The most successful nation on earth is the USA

    I’m not sure which planet you have been living on for the last 50 years but Japan and S. Korea and China (not diverse, go there and have a look around) have given a total economic hiding to USA / UK / France (diverse). The USA is only successful if you call slashing your economy to much less than half of what it was in relative terms in 50 years a success, rather like NZ has been a ‘success’ in the last 50 odd years by rocketing from about somewhere around second to somewhere around second to last in the OECD.

    Not saying that diversity is fatal but I think if you did a regression it would almost certainly come out as a negative related to growth – in fact I’m pretty sure someone did that research (one of many factors of course) a few years ago and I read the paper.

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