A significant increase has been seeing in the number of Expression of Interest received in New Zealand despite the terrorist attack against Muslims in New Zealand earlier this month.
Addressing the increase, the assistant general manager of immigration New Zealand – Peter Elms – said the spike in Expression of Interest received may have so much to do with the heightened media attention the country received as a result of the Christchurch attack.
He continued by stating that there is most likely no event in the history of New Zealand that generated so much consistent publicity on the international level like the unfortunate terrorist attack incidence.
The interest spike is said to come from several countries especially the US and Europe.
Many thinking about New Zealand
The assistant general manager said the new trend shows many people around the world are thinking about New Zealand – they are asking more questions about the country and are subsequently making their interest known.
It must, however, be noted that these interests do not necessarily translate to applications.
Mr. Elms said the expression of interests received by New Zealand usually fluctuates with correlation established between interest and the situation of publicity New Zealand at a particular time. He said New Zealand has been actively supporting victims and families since the attack and this has seen the country issue 182 visas to family members to aid the support.
The attack led to the death of 50 people, including children, and more than a hundred is still hospitalized.
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