Refugees: Whom do we let in?
By Ryan Bridge
With 250 more refugees coming into New Zealand in the next three-and-a-half months, how do we decide whom to let in?
One-hundred of these will be Syrians, escaping war in their home country.
The screening process is mostly done by the refugee agency, but Immigration New Zealand interviews each person. Our security services will look at their background, but those details are kept quiet.
When they get here, some will be ready to work and some will not. Their language skills may be mixed. There are a whole lot of challenges to consider.
The Government has been pressured to accept more refugees, but other people are questioning who will be allowed in and what checks and balances are put in place to make sure only genuine refugees are accepted.
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