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New Zealand may receive Rohingyas under UNHCR, says PM

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key speaking at a gathering of Asean media in Auckland, as part of events marking the 40th anniversary of ties between the region and New Zealand, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, on May 28, 2015.PHOTO BY: MARCEL LEE PEREIRA

New Zealand may receive Rohingyas under UNHCR, says PM
May 28
08:49 2015

New Zealand may receive some of the migrants stranded on boats in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, said Prime Minister John Key today ahead of a regional meeting tomorrow on the human-trafficking crisis.

Mr Key was speaking at a gathering of Asean media in Auckland, as part of events marking the 40th anniversary of ties between the region and New Zealand.

New Zealand accepts a total of 750 refugees a year under a programme by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said Mr Key.

“It’s quite possible that we can accommodate some of those refugees within that programme,” added Mr Key, referring to Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and migrants from Bangladesh who have tried to land in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia since a Thai crackdown on people smugglers in early May led to trafficker crews abandoning them at sea.

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Source:THE STRAITS TIMES.

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