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Christchurch attack survivors to be offered New Zealand residency

New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Adern doesn’t hesitate when it comes to making commitments to her nation. The way she addresses these issues is unlike many other leaders in this current age and this new bold offering is no different.

According to SBS News, the New Zealand PM has offered permanent residency to all those caught up in the Christchurch mass shootings under a special visa.

Fifty people were killed and 50 others wounded at Friday prayers in the country’s worst peacetime mass shootings. Suspected white supremacist, Australian Brenton Tarrant, was charged with 50 counts of murder.

The government said previously it was considering giving visas to survivors, but no decision was announced.

The news of the new visa was only released as a link on the immigration website, which some say was done to avoid any backlash by opponents of immigration.

Immigration New Zealand said a new visa category called the Christchurch Response (2019) visa had been created.

People who were present at the mosques when they were attacked on March 15 can apply, as can immediate family members.A condition is that applicants must have been living in New Zealand on the day of the attack. Applications open on Wednesday.

Ms Ardern said the attack was an act of terrorism and passed firearm laws banning semi-automatic weapons.

Source: SBS News

 

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