Migration & visa related news
June 9, 2015 AUCKLAND: New Zealand could take in some of the Rohingya migrants under its resettlement programme, says Prime Minister John Key.
The country has a quota of 750 refugees every year under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) plan.
â€œItâ€™s quite possible we can accomodate some of this refugees under the programme,â€ he said to a group of South-East Asian journalists taking part in the 40th anniversary of the New Zealand-Asean programme.
But he said the country would not increase the quota to accommodate more emigrants even though he was concerned about the situation.
â€œThatâ€™s because weâ€™re trying to take a really comprehensive programme for the refugees,â€ he added.
New Zealand was among 17 countries that took part in a special meeting on irregular migration.
Key expressed his concern on the Rohingya migrants who are drifting into sea to neighbouring countries including Malaysia.
â€œWe understand that they have no where to go,â€ he added.
Separately, Key said he was increasingly confident that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would be signed this year.
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