Scientist Richard Dawkins Considers Move to NZ

The British scientist Richard Dawkins has told current affairs programme The Project he would like to move to New Zealand as a refuge from the “madness” of a post-Trump, post-Brexit northern hemisphere.

“I thought about half the population of America and half the population of Britain would love to go to a country where intellect might be appreciated. So I thought New Zealand might be an ideal country – low population. I would love to be invited to New Zealand and to live here, and for others to live here too,” Dawkins said.

In the three days after Brexit, Immigration New Zealand’s website had over 5000 visits a day from the UK, and “move to New Zealand” became a top Google search term.

Last week, the former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said she was invited to move to New Zealand after losing to Donald Trump in 2016, and she briefly considered it.

“I must say I really did appreciate the offers. Gave them some thought,” Clinton said, addressing a packed arena of 3000 in Auckland.

Original article by Eleanor Ainge Roy, The Guardian, May 10, 2018.

Photo by Graeme Robertson.

Tags: Brexit  Guardian (The)  Immigration New Zealand  Project (The)  Richard Dawkins  

  • Steve - 1:51 am on May 25th, 2018
    Why would we welcome a bunch of people who would eventually turn this country into a version of the ones they would be running from. Sorry, we're full.
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