04 September 2007

British farmers flocking to New Zealand immigration

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Farmers from the United Kingdom are increasingly looking to gain a New Zealand visa for a better quality of life. With similar farming practices to those in the UK, New Zealand immigration means not only a better lifestyle but also the opportunity to really work the land.

Shane O'Brien, of New Zealand estate agents Bayleys Realty Group, commented on the trend: "British farmers continue to have major concerns about the economic sustainability of agriculture and are attracted by the excellent international reputation of New Zealand farming and the low cost of living and pleasant lifestyle on offer here."

Onerous and time-consuming red-tape in Europe is another reason farmers are applying for a New Zealand visa. Bill Whalan, a director of Bayleys Canterbury, told Scoop: "The state of farming in the UK at the moment continues to deteriorate. Dairy farmers over there are making significant losses and the UK farmers as a group know the subsidies will not continue.

"We complain here about our compliance legislation but the average farmer in the UK spends between one and two days a week doing paperwork to comply with European Union regulations. It's a real killer for them. They see New Zealand as a farmer's El Dorado. They see it as like halcyon days of the 1960s, before the UK joined the European Union."

Bayleys has sold more than $200 million worth of rural property to UK farmers in the past few years, reports Scoop. The company now has an office in London.

For the sixth year running, Bayleys is holding seminars in the UK in October. Bayleys has seen strong UK demand for New Zealand farms and the seminars are aimed at British and Irish farmers considering New Zealand immigration.

Anyone interested in New Zealand immigration should complete the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they qualify for a New Zealand visa.

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