Published: 2019-03-27 09:54
Last Updated: 2019-03-27 10:31
New Zealand's handling of the deadly terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch recently has sparked a wave of immigration to the island.
New Zealand immigration spokesman Greg Forsyth said Wednesday that since the March 15 attack, the number of people interested in living and working in New Zealand has increased significantly.
Forsyth said that the department has received 6457 applications in 10 days between March 15 to 24, compared to 4844 in the previous 10 days, adding that there has been a significant increase in registrations from a number of Muslim-majority countries, particularly Pakistan with 333 registrations since the attacks, compared to 65 in the previous ten days, and Malaysia 165, compared to 67.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardran's handling of the attack was widely praised, including its embrace of the Muslim community as well as its swift move to ban semi-automatic firearms in less than a week.