Friday, October 04, 2019

About time

New Zealand likes to think of itself as not a racist country (despite being founded on the racist dispossession and subjugation of Maori). But for years, we've had a racist refugee policy, which basicly excludes refugees from Africa and the Middle East unless they already have relatives here. Now, the government is finally getting rid of it:

A refugee policy that's been labelled as racist by migrant advocates is being scrapped by the government.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has announced as part of the government's three-year refugee policy that it will get rid of the requirement for Middle Eastern and African refugees to have relatives already residing here.

The announcement has come just months before the refugee quota will jump from 1000 to 1500 for 2020.

Africa and Middle East regions will have their allocation increased from 14 percent to 15 percent.

Good. Because the sole aim of the policy seemed to be to limit the number of brown faces old white racists like Don Brash saw on the street. And that is not a legitimate aim of policy at all.