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PM won't confirm reports New Zealand will take in 100 more Syrian refugees

The Prime Minister is refusing to confirm whether New Zealand will take in an extra 100 Syrian refugees.

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The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced this morning that New Zealand will be increasing the number of refugees it will take.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: "As the Prime Minister has indicated, the Government is looking at all the options available and we’re not ruling out doing more across a range of areas.  

"But we need to take advice on that to ensure any decisions made can be backed up with the same level of support and assurances we give to other refugees that come to New Zealand."

Currently New Zealand takes 750 refugees every year.

The bubbles caused squeals of delight from refugee children waiting at a camp in Budapest. Source: 1 NEWS

Despite the reported increase, the Green Party says they are disappointed the increase wasn't higher.

"If reports are accurate, an extra 100 refugees to tackle such an enormous situation is a start, but a very disappointing star, unfortunately," says Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

"It is heart-breaking to see children and their families fleeing a terrible situation with nowhere to go. We need to do more as a country."

If the reports are true, New Zealand will join the likes of the UK which have agreed to take more refugees after an international outcry for the West to take more Syrian refugees.

Since civil war broke out five years ago in Syria, four million Syrians have fled the country with the majority fleeing to neighbouring countries.