05 September 2015

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is adding its voice to calls for New Zealand to increase its support for refugees caught up in the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean.

“This is a humanitarian issue and New Zealand needs to make an immediate and meaningful contribution to assist those in need,” says NZMA Chair Dr Stephen Child.

“New Zealand has a strong human rights record and extensive experience in supporting and successfully resettling refugees.

“The need is great. The organisations closely involved in providing this support have said we have the capacity—we need to show we have the will to help where we can,” says Dr Child.

The United Nations has already announced that New Zealand is to take another 100 refugees on top of the current quota, although the Government is yet to confirm this.

“As Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says, New Zealand hasn’t increased our refugee quota in nearly 30 years, we can and should do more.”