The Government’s continued stubbornness to lift NZs paltry refugee numbers is driven by a fear that the unarticulated anger at foreign speculators driving up Auckland’s property bubble will find voice if National increase the refugee numbers.
Winston Peter’s can’t seem to tell the difference between a refugee or a migrant so I can’t expect middle NZ to be able to tell the difference either. National lifts refugee numbers and suddenly that fury finds a vent in NZ First.
The problem with Auckland’s property bubble of course has nothing to do with refugees so using them as a scapegoat is as pointless as it is ugly. The reason we should take more refugees in of course is because…
a) We have an obligation as a good global citizen to lead on this issue.
b) We do bugger all in real climate change policy so we have an obligation to take climate refugees.
c) We are currently helping bomb the places people are fleeing from!
It just seems churlish to help bomb these people but not help relocate them.