17 October 2008
NZ First immigration policy: less numbers
Winston Peters, leader of the New Zealand First party, announced this week the Government's immigration policy needs to be revised so that New Zealanders are not competing with immigrants for jobs in the workplace, reports NZ Herald.
Mr Peters said the revised immigration plan needs to be in line with the current economic climate and protect the rights of New Zealanders. He added, New Zealand's recognition as a world-class destination for migrants may be its downfall.
"When times are tough internationally immigrants are attracted to New Zealand like moths to a neon light," he said. "We must have a population policy - and one in which ordinary New Zealanders can have an input. It must be linked explicitly to labour market needs. No job - no immigrant."
Others have said the immigration policy is working well to maintain the loss of skilled New Zealanders to places such as Australia and Britain. They have also said New Zealand emigration works well to boost the economy and fill those areas in the workforce that are suffering from a labour shortage.
Prime Minister Helen Clark has said cutting back immigration numbers is not the answer to the slowing global economies and that New Zealand will always welcome a healthy number of immigrants to move to New Zealand.
The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrate to New Zealand.
Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.