If we just take the refugee quotas on their own, Trump’s slashing of Obama’s quota by more than half – from 110,000 to 50,000 – brings them to just 15 people, per capita, fewer than us. Since New Zealand aims for +/- 10% of our quota we actually took less than the Trump figure in half of the years in the last decade.
Bill English’s New Zealand: 750
Donald Trump’s US, adjusted to NZ population: 735
In a cynical move designed to make our tiny refugee quota look less like a Trumpian horror show, immigration minister Michael Woodhouse has started trying to include other aspects of our humanitarian intake within the official quota. So let’s take a look at those expanded numbers, which would include asylum seekers and the Syrian emergency intake. The numbers now look even worse for us.
Refugee Quota + asylum seekers + emergency intake
Bill English’s New Zealand: 1,111
Donald Trump’s US, adjusted to NZ population: 1,119
New Zealand is taking less refugees per capita than Trump’s shockingly low targets. New Zealanders are largely outraged by Trump’s rhetoric, if not just disapproving, yet fail to see the hypocrisy of taking less refugees than Trump.
We are as bad, if not worse, than Donald Trump.
This needs to change.