Red Cross: NZ can take 'hundreds more' refugees

  • 07/09/2015
A young boy who recently arrived with other refugees by train sits on a bus at the main train station in Munich, Germany (AAP)
A young boy who recently arrived with other refugees by train sits on a bus at the main train station in Munich, Germany (AAP)

Amid immense political and public pressure, Cabinet is set to sign off on a new plan to help ease the Syrian refugee crisis. 

The Red Cross helps with the resettlement of around 750 refugees every year, and says we have the capacity and systems in place to take more.

Secretary-general Tony Paine says as long as the basics – such as translation services – are in place to support refugees, New Zealand does a great job of resettling people.

"As long as we can do that, we can successfully settle… many hundreds more people."

With more than 50 million people displaced worldwide, Mr Paine says there's "huge need" all around the world – not just Syria.

Watch the video for the full interview.

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