Thursday, March 18, 2004

Interesting questions

Are we being inundated by a tidal wave of terrorists seeking to use New Zealand as a "safe haven"? How could we tell? One way is to ask the following questions:

  1. How many applications for residency were denied in the last year on the grounds of sections 7 (1) (e) - 7 (1) (h) of the Immigration Act 1987 (the clauses saying that we can keep people out because we think they're terrorists or merely dangerous)?
  2. How many residency permits were revoked in the last year on those grounds (or, in other words, how many people have we kicked out because we think they are terrorists or merely dangerous)?

Curious, I phoned the Minister's office. According to the person I spoke to there, the answers are "none" and "none". Some tidal wave.