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As the world faces the biggest refugee crisis in known history, we must ask as God’s people, what our response should be here in NZ.
As a country we are not looking very hospitable, and we know our God loves hospitality! While we appreciate the tensions of caring better for our own (refer to the section on Inequality and Child poverty in NZ) we also need to find ways to open our doors wider as neighbours to the world.
We support an increase in the Quota (see article by Amnesty International ), but we are also working towards more effective ways of showing that hospitality that leads to refugees being successful in building self sustaining and fulfilling lives here in NZ.
Taking action in New Zealand
The Baptist movement is currently involved in a pilot project to see churches able to host refugee families in their own neighbourhood. (spearheaded by Southwest Baptist church).
Milford Baptist church is also involved in a project to see refugees able to settle nearer to their original homes.
Facts about refugee resettlement in New Zealand- Amnesty International
Global trends and refugee settlement in New Zealand - Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online
The New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy implications 2014 - Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online
The New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy implications for identity acculturation and civic participation - Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online
New Vision - supported by Milford
New Vision helped 2,300 families survive the traumas of the Syrian civil war.
In Lebanon, New Vision managed to provide various kinds of support to 1,500 families in the Bekaa Valley (including Zahli and Saednayel) and to more than 300 families in Aley.
In Syria, New Vision played a major role in securing shelters for more than 1,000 internally-displaced families near Homs (central Syria) and to 100 at-risk families in the city of Sweida (southern Syria).