05 November 2008

New Zealand Work Permits could be cut: Prime Minister

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Helen Clarke, New Zealand's current Prime Minister, has indicated that short-term work permits could be on the chopping block if the economic downturn continues.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald in the closing week of the general election campaign, Clarke described the New Zealand immigration system as "malleable," and able to respond to external economic changes.  If New Zealand's domestic work force appears willing to take up work that is usually filled by labourers on short-term work permits, Clarke would ask the Immigration Service to drastically reduce the number of work permits issued.

To date, this has not been necessary.  Speaking earlier in the week, Clarke was quoted as saying "We had a technical recession in the first half of the year; who knows, we may have been in recession in the September quarter but we have still got unemployment under 4 per cent and in the year to June we issued 181,000 work permits."

181,697 short-term New Zealand Work Permits were issued between July 2007 and June 2008; all in areas where New Zealanders were unwilling to take up available jobs.

New Zealand's general election will take place on November 8.


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Article by Editorial Staff, New Zealand Visa Bureau.

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