In this opinion piece, immigration expert Aaron Martin discusses what New Zealand’s Labour government needs to do to right the wrongs caused by unfair NZ First policies and overly restrictive COVID border controls.
“There’s no further light on the future of the Parent Resident Visa in NZ – which leaves over 5,000 parents of migrants and their NZ based families stuck in limbo for 2 years.
In a press release Labour has confirmed plans to slash NZ immigrant numbers if it comes to power in September. It says it will reduce net migration by 20,000 to 30,000 a year, which it says will “ease pressure” on New Zealand and Auckland.
Potential new immigration laws in 2018: What Impact will Winston Peters bring to the migrant community? For 21 years Peters has pushed an anti-migrant platform.
New Zealand’s new prime minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to honour Labour’s election promise to cut the annual amount of new immigrants in New Zealand 20,000 to 30,000 a year.
With Labour looking to create 100,000 new houses for first home buyers within the next decade, who is going to build these homes? With the New Zealand construction industry already facing a labour shortage and currently filling the skilled positions