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02 Oct 07

New Zealand immigration is great for the economy

New Zealand immigration contributed NZ$3.3 billion (£1.2 billion) to the New Zealand economy in the year to June 30th 2006, according to the latest research released by the immigration department. The new figures reflect how important New Zealand immigration is to the country, which has a small population and skills shortages in many sectors.
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02 Oct 07

Agricultural skills shortages - govt looks at Australian visas

The Australian government is to set up a working group to look into the skill shortages in the country's agricultural industry, pointing to a possible expansion of the temporary Australian visa scheme for people with agricultural skills.
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01 Oct 07

New Zealand skills shortage sparks record pay increases

Record pay increases for private sector workers in New Zealand are directly caused by the country's strong economy and widespread skills shortage, reports Bloomberg. A 3.2 per cent wage hike in the second quarter of 2007 is encouraging news for people interested in New Zealand immigration.
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01 Oct 07

More flexibility for electricians with Australian visas

Australia's skills shortage is taking centre stage in campaigning for November's general election as the government has announced a relaxation of licencing rules for electricians. Electrical contractors with Australian visas will reap the benefit of the new rules.
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28 Sep 07

New citizenship test for permanent American immigration

The US has introduced a new citizenship quiz for American visa holders wishing to become citizens. The new test has taken several years and $6.5 million (£3.2 million) to develop and is designed to reflect US history, civics and foundational principles, reports the Houston Chronicle.
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27 Sep 07

IT hiring events in Auckland for New Zealand immigration

New Zealand is holding workshops and recruitment events in a bid to address the Information Communications Technology (ICT) skills shortage. The strong economy and good ICT industry performance across New Zealand, further growth is being hampered by a lack of experienced ICT professionals and New Zealand immigration is seen as an important solution to the problem.
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27 Sep 07

Small town Australia needs skilled tradespeople with Australian visas

Emergency meetings are being held in Australia's small towns as they struggle to deal with the shortage of skilled trades people and closing businesses as workers are drawn to the booming mining industry in Western Australia. For Britons considering making a new life for themselves and their families abroad there are many job and entrepreneurial opportunities available through Australian immigration.
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27 Sep 07

Australia Needs Skills Expos to attract Australian immigration

Australia is working hard to attract foreign skilled workers to apply for Australian visas. A big Australia Needs Skills Expo is being held in Sydney this weekend in a bid to attract people to consider Australian immigration.
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25 Sep 07

New Zealand will need 1,000 more primary teachers next year

Nearly 1,000 New Zealand primary school classes could be without a teacher next year as the government scrambles to fulfill a promise to decrease class sizes, reports the Sunday Star Times. New Zealand primary schools need qualified and experienced teachers interested in New Zealand immigration to fill this critical shortage.
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25 Sep 07

Industries 'awash with jobs' for Australian visa holders

A chronic skills shortage has left some industries awash with jobs and the Australian government is recruiting thousands more skilled workers to take up Australian visas and fill gaps in the labour market, reports the BBC.
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25 Sep 07

Australian immigration on the increase

The Australian population is growing at its fastest rate since 1990, up 1.5 per cent to 20.9 million in the year to March, according to the latest statistics. Australian immigration is driving the growth, with migrants from overseas accounting for 54 per cent of the increase, compared with natural increases of 46 per cent.
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