The immigration policy of New Zealand is something that’s going to be a hot topic during the September elections. Both major political parties are clearly opposing one another – the Labor Party has vehemently advocated reducing net immigration numbers by 20,000 from 30,000. This, the Labor Party believes, will be achieved by cutting down the number of overseas students for courses at the low level.
However, the proposed policy has come under fire as the National Party has openly criticized it. The National Party said that the Labor Party is sabotaging businesses, education, and export industry. The immigration programs need to incorporate a provision for recruiting skilled overseas workers, pointed out the National Party.
As the crackdown on immigration numbers has backfired, the National Party had to withdraw many of its proposed immigration policy changes as per the NZ Herald. The immigrant workers have to now earn at least 41859 dollars per annum, meaning only 6000 workers can stay in New Zealand.
Minister Michael Woodhouse in a statement justified the New Zealand immigration policy of the Government as he said that in order to fill the increasing numbers of vacant jobs of a booming economy the native population can’t suffer hence a pragmatic and balanced approach is required, he said.
Bill English the Prime Minister of New Zealand in his opinion expressed that many businesses are struggling to employ Kiwis. The reason being that they either fail in drug tests or never turn up, said the Prime Minister.
Proposals to decrease immigration have been criticized and dismissed as reactionary by the United Future and ACT party. The Opportunities Party opined that the immigration system must not be run by the student visas or mutual work visas. The party also wants to scrap the requirement of skilled workers to have a job offer for entering the nation.