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The Wire: World Vision calls for New Zealand to meet refugee quota targets

4:06 pm on Monday 20 June

Interview by Joe Wickins, adapted by Jessica Hopkins 

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This World Refugee Day, World Vision is calling for New Zealand to work harder to meet its refugee quota.

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to recognise the strength and courage of people forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. 

World Vision National Director Grant Bayldon says that during COVID-19, New Zealand filled less than half of its usual refugee quota of 1,500.

Bayldon says the country needs to do better as more people are being forcibly displaced than ever before, 90 million more than in 2021. 

"We urge New Zealand to adopt a stronger humanitarian response. New Zealand needs to lead from the front and work harder to meet our refugee quota targets."

World Vision's new report, 'Hungry and Unprotected Children: The forgotten Refugees', revealed that life has deteriorated significantly in the past two years for refugees in 11 countries.

The report found that 82 percent of people surveyed from countries such as Syria, South Sudan, and Venezuela could not meet basic needs required for children to survive, such as food, healthcare, and rent. 

Read the full report

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