30 October 2007

New Zealanders welcome the important contribution of New Zealand immigration

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There is overwhelming public support for the important contribution New Zealand immigration makes to the country, according to the latest research. The ShapeNZ survey also reveals that nearly 90 per cent of New Zealanders are concerned about the skills shortage being experienced in many sectors.

At-work internships for skilled migrants to help them adjust to working in New Zealand were supported by 66 per cent of respondents.

Eight out of ten people surveyed believe that New Zealand immigration adds to the social diversity of New Zealand and improves the way of life of the whole country. Many people think New Zealand immigration has a positive effect on their own communities.

New Zealanders still want skilled migrants should have good English language skills and 70 per cent support the language standards imposed by the New Zealand immigration system.

The ShapeNZ national survey was undertaken by the New Zealand Business Council and will be presented at the annual Business Budget Summit between business leaders and government to be held this week.

New Zealand needs skilled migrants: Anyone applying for a New Zealand visa should begin by taking the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.

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