Wairarapa arms should be opened wide for refugees seeking a new home on New Zealand shores, says Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott.
Mr Scott was agreeing with Masterton District Council chief executive Pim Borren at the council meeting on Wednesday that Masterton, and Wairarapa, was “well set up to take refugees” and the right number of families would be a boon to the community over the course of the three-year increased allocation.
“We have a good infrastructure, we’re close to the city, but we have relatively affordable housing and accommodation for refugee families,” he said.
“Take the example of Palmerston North, which has been taking refugees for over 20 years; fantastic thriving and multicultural city that it is.”
“I think you have to bring in a certain number so that there is a community. You can’t just bring in one or two families, they would most probably feel isolated. If you could attract a number of families, they would create their own support systems and develop and thrive over time.
“The main thing is you’ve got to get the councils to agree and make sure our infrastructure, the support services we already have, are strong enough to cope.”
THOUSANDS OF WHITE ENGLISH GIRLS ARE VICTIMS OF ISLAMIC RAPE GANGS. HERE IS A REPORT IN THE ENGLISH PAPERS ON ONE OF THE GIRLS
One girl, referred to as Girl A for legal reasons, felt brave enough to face her abusers in court, while others gave evidence from behind a curtain. She wept as she described how the gang threatened to burn her younger brother alive unless she had sex with them. She was repeatedly raped and sold for sex between 2004 and 2007 when she was aged 12 to 15.
When she went to police [in Oxford], no action was taken. She claimed that they threatened to arrest her instead. “They threatened on a number of occasions to arrest me for wasting police time for turning up at a police station in a state after running away,” she said. “Any self-respecting police officer would have seen something was wrong. If you pick up a child who is covered in cigarette burns and bruises, something is fundamentally wrong. Adults should be doing their jobs, it’s not down to a child.” (Oxford sex gang: girls as young as 11 “forced into prostitution”, The Daily Telegraph, 14th May 2013)
Child rape? Child prostitution? Not a problem to Thames Valley Police when non-White males were responsible. Here, by contrast, is a serious crime that prompted them to leap into action:
A 43-year-old woman has been arrested over a racially abusive message posted on a beauty salon’s Facebook page. The woman has been named locally as April Major, the owner of the at-home beauty business in Bicester, Oxfordshire. The post, made following the terrorist attacks in Paris, said the salon is ‘no longer taking bookings from anyone from the Islamic faith, whether you are UK granted with passport or not.’
Thames Valley Police arrested the woman yesterday after receiving a number of complaints about the message. A Thames Valley Police spokeswoman said: ‘We have arrested a 43-year-old woman in Bicester today after a number of complaints about a racially abusive post on social media. The woman was arrested under section 19 of the Public Order Act which relates to the display of written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting with the intention of stirring up racial hatred, and for producing malicious communications. We take all such complaints seriously and will investigate. If you suspect that racially aggravated crimes are being committed please report them to Thames Valley Police on 101.’ (Police arrest woman for ‘racially abusive’ Facebook post banning Muslims from beauty salon because it is ‘time to put my country first’, The Daily Mail, 16th November 2015)
PARIS — The terror attacks in Paris earlier this month left the nation reeling and the government struggling to respond, but it has also offered a political windfall to Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front, France’s far-right political party.
“This all plays in her favor,” said Nonna Mayer, head of research at France’s National Center for Scientific Research. “For years she has been hammering about the dangers of immigration, saying France could not welcome flows of refugees that are potential terrorists.”
“The attacks reinforced what she says about the fear of terrorism, the association between Islam and terrorism,” said Ms. Mayer. “Fear is highly efficient in raising the ratings of the National Front.”
National Front candidates are now leading among the handful of parties on local ballots in France. A TNS Sofres opinion survey on Wednesday forecast that the party would garner 29 percent of the votes in the first round of local elections on Dec. 6.
The National Front is now on track to control the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie and the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine regions in northern France and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur in the south. But while they would represent significant gains, the gains are not seen here as true stepping stones to the party’s ultimate goal: winning the presidency in 2017, when Mr. Hollande’s term is up.
But success in the local elections could foretell more gains if trends continue. Ms. Le Pen won around 18 percent of the vote in the last French presidential elections three years ago. Last year, however, the National Front won the most seats in European parliamentary elections, where turnout is often lower and the more committed National Front voters can make a difference.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The German police do not have resources to locate nearly 250,000 migrants illegally staying in the country, the German police union chief said Friday.
“These people are currently illegally staying in Germany. We will not look for them. The police do not have extra resources and personnel to conduct this search. It is not a police duty at all,” Rainer Wendt told journalists.
Earlier, German media reported, citing the Interior Ministry, that between 200,000 and 300,000 refugees who arrived to German soil did not apply to migration services to legalize their status.
According to Wendt, it is normal that crime rates in Germany increase if migrant inflow rises.
“If nearly one million people are coming to us, the crime rate is bound to grow a bit. It is normal. It is expected to be so, even if absolutely normal people arrive,” Wendt said.
Germany expects over a million refugees during the course of 2015, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with more than 950,000 refugees reportedly registered in the country since the beginning of 2015.
European countries are stretched to their limits in the refugee crisis and cannot take in any more new arrivals, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is quoted as saying in a German newspaper on Wednesday.
“We cannot accommodate any more refugees in Europe, that’s not possible,” Valls told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, adding that tighter control of Europe’s externalborders would determine the fate of the European Union.
“If we don’t do that, the people will say: Enough of Europe,” Valls warned.
The comments were published only hours before German Chancellor Angela Merkel was scheduled to meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris.
Merkel was initially celebrated at home and abroad for her welcoming approach to the refugees, many of whom are fleeing conflict in the Middle East. But as the flow has continued the chancellor has come under increasing criticism.
Some conservatives say Merkel’s decision to open up Germany’s borders to Syrian refugees in September has spurred more migrants to come.
The refugee debate has become more politically charged after the deadly attacks in Paris that stoked fears Islamic State militants could exploit the migrant crisis to send extremists to Europe.
Valls avoided criticising Merkel directly for having suspended European asylum rules to allow in Syrian refugees stranded in Hungary. “Germany has made an honourable choice there,” he said.
But he signalled that Paris was taken by surprise by Merkel’s decision: “It was not France that said: Come!”
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, have proposed setting up a 10 billion euro (NZ$16.2 billion) fund to pay for tighter security, external border controls and caring for refugees.
The United Nations on Tuesday condemned new restrictions on refugees that have left around 1000 migrants stuck at the main border crossing into Macedonia from Greece.
Dunedin has been selected as a new refugee settlement location.
The city was considered alongside New Plymouth, Hastings/Napier, Invercargill and Tauranga.
The decision to choose Dunedin was made by the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy Senior Officials’ Group, made up of representatives from Immigration New Zealand (INZ), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, Office of Ethnic Communities and Department of Internal Affairs.
Dunedin will join the five other settlement locations, Auckland region, Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington region and Nelson, where quota refugees are settled after they have completed the six week reception programme at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.
INZ General Manager Steve McGill said an extra settlement location was needed following the Government’s decision to welcome 750 Syrian refugees over the next two-and-a-half years in response to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
“Dunedin has a strong set of services and is a well-connected city where a number of government agencies have a presence,” he said.
“There are good employment opportunities in the area, suitable housing is available and there is excellent support from the community.”
Simpson Grierson, one of New Zealand’s leading commercial law firms, has over 330 employees in offices around the country. At the recent NZAGE Awards, the firm was awarded in two categories: Best Graduate Recruitment Print Campaign in New Zealand, and Best Diversity Strategy. But with hundreds of staff members based in various cities, how exactly has Simpson Grierson managed to create and maintain an award-winning diversity strategy?
According to Jo Copeland, the firm’s HR director, there are a number of industry-wide issues affecting diversity in the legal sector – both nationally and around the globe. “Flexibility is also a real issue for law firms; the legal industry is one of the last bastions of white male-dominated business.” “We had some General Counsels in here last week from multinational clients, who warned us – like they do all firms that they work with – that if we don’t have female partners, or make progress on diversity targets, that they won’t give us work.”
Simpson Grierson’s strategy
“We look for specific people,” Copeland said. “For example, we are always looking to increase the number of women in senior roles, as well as people with accessibility needs, Asian diversity, Maori and Pacifica peoples, and people from the LGBTI community.” While diversity is an ongoing initiative at Simpson Grierson, it is also something that is heavily influenced by the firm’s annual influx of graduates. “A picture says a thousand words,” Copeland told HRM. “I was sent a picture of our 2012 graduates recently, and every single one of them was blonde and blue-eyed – but when we look at our most recent intake, we interviewed graduates from 11 nationalities and hired from six.” “We also do our best to ensure that in our smaller offices we are upping the numbers – so rather than having just one person from a minority background, we hire two or three, so that new hires are not just a ‘token’ on their own.”
Diversity in New Zealand’s legal space
Copeland predicted that while New Zealand still has some catching up to do, its workforce is changing across all industries. “I think generally the global players are better [in terms of diversity], but New Zealand has traditionally been quite an isolated island,” she said. “If you work somewhere like Australia or the UK, the workforce is going to be more diverse; but the changing face of Auckland is seeing more openness and acceptance being brought into New Zealand. “The nice thing is that the business community is getting behind diversity.” Copeland noted that for the majority of Kiwi businesses, diversity is now a key agenda item at board level. “We’ll have a very different looking workplace in 15 years’ time,” she speculated.
Plans to establish a secondary boarding school for Muslim boys in South Dunedin have had another setback.
Al-Noor Charitable Trust chairman Dr Mohammad Alayan said his organisation had hoped to be selected as a Ministry of Education partnership school in the first round of funding grants, but was unsuccessful.
”When we applied last time, our education plan was scored low by the Ministry of Education.
”We did not have the best education plan, because we are not specialists in this field [creating applications].”
Dr Alayan said the trust planned to establish the An-Nur Kiwi Academy (AKA) at the former St Patrick’s Primary School in Melbourne St.
The $8million secondary boarding school for Muslim boys is expected to educate about 100 year 11-13 boys from across the country.
A delegation from Kuwait visited the Melbourne St site in May and was impressed by the project, he said.
Two classrooms on the premises were already being used as an early childhood education service for about 30 children from the Dunedin Muslim community.
Dr Alayan said the trust wanted to establish AKA in Dunedin because it believed Muslim children attending state secular schools were subjected to an educational environment that pressured them to adopt values that contradicted Islamic values, such as the evolution theory, sexual relations outside marriage and drinking alcohol.
The academy aimed to provide high-quality education with an emphasis on Islamic values.
The New Zealand national curriculum would be taught by about 15 to 20 staff, including qualified Islamic studies teachers and Arabic language teachers.
TOKYO (AP) ” Japan should be doing more to help with the global catastrophe of asylum seekers, the head of the U.N. refugee body said Wednesday.
Japan is a major donor of humanitarian aid but accepts very few refugees each year, and the country’s reluctance to allow in more is raising controversy given the crises festering in Europe and elsewhere.
Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Tokyo that he was discussing the problem with Japanese officials and “would like the Japanese government to push its actions … to increase the number of people resettled in Japan, and especially now to look into the humanitarian admissions of Syrians.”
Japan needs to “progressively improve the asylum system here … to make it more effective in the reception and in the recognition and integration of refugees in Japanese society,” Guterres said. He also noted that Japan’s location far away from the front lines of the crisis was a factor behind the scant number of refugee arrivals.
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