ardern: The country has previously been criticized for not taking enough refugees after the annual quota remained at 750 for three decades before it was raised to 1,000 this year, according to CTV. Ardern said moving the number to 1,500 represents a significant increase. Liberal Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Wednesday that the new quota will take effect from 2020. It is the right thing to do, she said. Ardern said she doesn't anticipate the negative reaction to refugees that some people have had in countries like Germany because New Zealand gives refugees intensive support to ensure they have adequate housing and are well integrated into the community. It puts New Zealand much more in line with the humanitarian policies of other developed countries. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.