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NZ takes in 150 refugees from "Pacific solution"


The ABC is reporting that New Zealand has agreed to take in another 150 refugees, mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan, who have been waiting in Papua New Guinea and Nauru as part of Australia's "Pacific solution".

The NZ Immigration Service says the 150 refugees have been accepted as part of New Zealand's annual United Nations quota of 750.

The Opposition National Party has criticised the latest intake, saying New Zealand should not accept people who could be resettled in their country of origin.

The new arrivals will initially stay in a refugee centre in Auckland, before being moved to longer-term accommodation.

SOURCE – FULL STORY:
ABC

10 Jan 2003