Todd Muller welcomes Government taking more Syrian Refugees

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Local MP Todd Muller has welcomed the Government’s announcement today to settle an additional 750 Syrian refugees over the next two and a half years.

“The images and stories of the masses of asylum seeking families spilling out of Syria into neighbouring countries and Europe have been distressing.

“I fully support the Government’s decision to bring in 750 more Syrian refugees and to increase our humanitarian funding by another $4.5 million”, says Todd Muller.

New Zealand’s total contribution to support people affected by on-going violence in Syria and Iraq will now reach $20 million.

“Our humanitarian support has helped build schools in refugee camps in Turkey, delivered basic education and skills training in Jordan, provided health and education support to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, and funded the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria.

“The additional funding announced today will help refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan and will be delivered through partnerships with host governments, UN agencies, and New Zealand non-government organisations.

“One of the most effective ways we can help address this humanitarian crisis is by ensuring there are facilities to cater for refugees in countries neighbouring Syria and that these refugee communities are afforded adequate protection.

“Many Syrian refugees wish to return home once it is safe, so finding a political solution to the civil war in Syria needs to be the international community’s top priority.

“New Zealand is using its position on the United Nations Security Council to call for action and we continue to urge all members to work together to find a way of ending the violence,” says Todd Muller.

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