As cases of migrant workers exploitation becomes a frequent issue in New Zealand and officials are finding it difficult to understand the extent of the problem, the country’s immigration minister has warned dodgy employers to desist from such acts as the government will do all it can to uncover whoever continues on this path.
Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway revealed that migrant workers exploitation is a major problem in New Zealand as it has been found everywhere officials charged with the responsibility of detecting and stopping it has turned to. He reminds the country that cracking down on migrant workers exploitation is one of the government’s coalition agreement promises and will do all in its power to stand by it.
Scope Eludes Policy Makers
The government’s effort to root out this problem is highly hindered by the lack of comprehension of the scale and scope of the problem. Policymakers continue to find it difficult to understand the scope of the problem despite the increased awareness surrounding the issue according to a cabinet paper and briefing documents sent to Iain Lees-Galloway.
The minister made it clear that he has given the issue of worker exploitation much attention since he assumed office and advised all involved to immediately tidy up their game.
New Research to curb the Situation
Having realized the need to first understand the scope, the minister has ordered a new research project to help get the situation under control.
Reacting to the research, Michael Woodhouse – National Party immigration spokesman – said this research will likely delay things and will most likely come up against the same problems that officials have encountered.
Nevertheless, Lees-Galloway is hopeful that the use of research and representatives from advocacy and industry groups will make more people facing exploitation speak up than is obtainable with enforcement officials.
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