As reported yesterday:
Dunedin picked as refugee settlement location
Dunedin has been picked as the new settlement location for refugees flocking to New Zealand shores.
Thanks to our government’s constitutional meanness it’s a pretty small “flock”.
A Government assessment – carried out by the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy Senior Officials’ Group – chose the South Island city as a new settlement location based on its employment, housing, local community and support services.
“Dunedin has a strong set of services and is a well-connected city where a number of government agencies have a presence,” [Immigration New Zealand general manager] Mr McGill said.
“There are good employment opportunities in the area, suitable housing is available and there is excellent support from the community.”
The employment opportunities aren’t as good as they used to be, what with the government killing off Hillside Workshops and (soon) Invermay. Medical services are threatened too by the systematic under-funding of the Southern DHB.
The first 100 refugees will arrive in three groups in January, March and May next year.
Good. May they find a warm welcome and a future of peace and security here in Dunedin.