New Zealand has not increased the number of refugees it lets into the country annually since it was first set at 800 nearly 30 years ago. In fact it fell to 750 in 1997 - where the figure currently remains.
Amnesty International has called for the number to be increased in the wake of the European refugee crisis. At least 2500 migrants have died since January, most of them drowning in the Mediterranean after arduous journeys fleeing war, oppression or poverty in Syria and other parts of the Middle East and Africa or beyond.
The European Union has summoned ministers to an emergency summit on migrants to discuss solutions to the unprecedented crisis, as the death toll on land and sea continues to grow.
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