22 October 2008

Greens release immigration policy: more migrants

The New Zealand Green Party released their open immigration policy last week in the lead-up to the election, reports Three News, and is part of their over-arching theme of creating a sustainable planet.

This month, Winston Peters of the New Zealand First Party announced his party's immigration policy would cut back migration numbers so that holders of New Zealand visas would not take the jobs of New Zealanders.

Mr Peters said the current economic climate should dictate the immigration policy and protect the rights of New Zealanders. 

"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."

However, the Green Party has indicated it would continue to open its door to migrants so that the global economy can benefit from a sustainable movement of people and workers.

Green MP Keith Lock said New Zealand should be viewed as a country that welcomes immigrants, and the Government should maintain migration at a sustainable level.

The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their New Zealand visa application.

Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.

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