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.
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“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.
Aaron Martin shares his thoughts on the lack of closure, and his belief that this is a manipulation tactic to steer migrant votes.”
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 with overseas workers, who will be left to fill the demand when immigration numbers are cut?
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.
We cover the newly elected PM’s main points regarding immigration here.
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. We can expect that any coalition deal New Zealand First makes –with Labour or National – will include an attempt to cut immigration numbers.
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. Find out more information here.