New survey reveals what immigrants like and dislike about NZ

NZ Herald: Love and loathing in Aotearoa [New Zealand]
4:00AM Sunday Jul 05, 2009
By Alice Neville

Excerpts:

They love our clean, green image but are baffled by our tax laws – a comprehensive survey of migrants has revealed for the first time what new Kiwis like and loathe about Aotearoa.

The survey, carried out by the Department of Labour and Statistics New Zealand, is the biggest of its kind, tracking 7000 people over their first three years here.

About one in four migrants had experienced at least one incident of discrimination.

Those from Asia and in the “other” category were most likely to have experienced it in a public place or work setting.

“I think the employers are giving priority to the people who have New zealand experience.

“The problem is if nobody’s willing to give me a job, how can I get New Zealand experience?”

New Zealand Move on Filipino nurses threatens political fallout

NZ Herald: Move on Filipino nurses threatens political fallout
4:00AM Tuesday Feb 24, 2009
By Lincoln Tan

Failure to register Philippine-trained nurses is not only turning many into overstayers, it puts New Zealand at risk of political backlash, Philippine Ambassador Bienvenido Tejano warns.

Mr Tejano says about 50 “distressed” overstaying Filipinos, many of them nurses, have approached him directly in the last year after they ran out of money, and he believes many others are in the same plight.

“It is a problem, and it is growing by the day. They come in groups of five, 10 and 15, and as much as we want to help them, there is not much we can do,” Mr Tejano said.

Many nurses from the Philippines had sold everything to come here – because it was widely publicised that there was an acute shortage of nurses in New Zealand – only to discover their qualifications were not recognised and they could not get registered, he said.

“They have no money to go back, and nothing to go back for any more.”

The New Zealand Nursing Council has questioned the quality of nursing qualifications and training programmes in the Philippines after nursing student numbers there boomed from 30,000 in 2004 to 450,000 last year – but Mr Tejano said it was “unacceptable” for the council to be judging the quality just by looking at the numbers.

Full Article.

Filipino nurses in NZ living in `slave labour’ conditions

New Zealand Herald: Filipino nurses living in `slave labour’ conditions
By Simon Collins

(Excerpt) Filipino nurses are being forced to work in what health officials describe as “slave labour” conditions in New Zealand rest homes to pay off often-exorbitant fees to recruitment agents and loan sharks.

A Weekend Herald investigation has found that some nurses are paying several times the true costs for work permits, bridging courses and registration in New Zealand, and are then bonded to work for up to three years at low wages in rest homes. (Full Story)


New Zealand Herald: [New Zealand] Immigration staff’s ignorance appalls migrants

By Lincoln Tan

(Excerpt) As more New Zealand residents quit the country, wannabe Kiwis say the key obstacle to calling Aotearoa home is the Immigration Service.

Long delays, missing documents and a lack of general knowledge among immigration officers were just some of the things residency applicants who spoke to the Herald complained of. (Full Story)

Latest New Zealand Immigration Headlines

NZ Herald: Migration policies are bad for the economy, says academic (5:00AM Tuesday July 10, 2007 By Angela Gregory)

New Zealand’s immigration policies attract far fewer skilled migrants than suggested and while good at building new suburbs are bad for the economy, says a Massey University academic.

NZ Herald: Migrant reduction puzzles business (12:00PM Friday July 06, 2007)

The business community is struggling to understand the Government’s decision to cut the number of skilled migrants.

NZ Herald: Immigration cuts don’t go far enough – NZ First (6:00PM Thursday July 05, 2007)

New Zealand First says a cut to the immigration quota does not go far enough.

NZ Herald: Government wants fewer immigrants (1:40PM Thursday July 05, 2007)

Persistent inflation has forced the Government to lower its resident migrants target despite ongoing skill shortages in several industries.

NZ Immigration Articles from the NZ Listener

Who’s moving in next door?
by Bruce Ansley
The New Zealand Listener (September 2-8 2006 Vol 205 No 3460)

New Zealand needs immigrants, but applicants find the selection processes and criteria anything but straightforward.
Here’s a story of modern New Zealand immigration.

So who do we keep out?
by Bruce Ansley
The New Zealand Listener (September 2-8 2006 Vol 205 No 3460)

When Opposition leader Don Brash talks of banning immigrants who do not share what he believes to be New Zealand’s “bedrock values”, who does he want to keep out of the country?

Advice at a Price
by Amanda Spratt
The New Zealand Listener (September 2-8 2006 Vol 205 No 3460)

Twenty-nine-year-old European professional fluent in English desperately seeks country to work in, pay taxes to and grow old with. Likes rugby, chats about politics and runs in the park.

NZ Herald: Migration Fall a Double-Edged Sword

New Zealand Herald: Migration fall a double-edged sword By Owen Hembry 

Falling net migration could take the pressure off housing only to turn the heat up on wages, says the National Bank. Statistics New Zealand said seasonally adjusted net permanent and long-term migration totalled 140 people in April. The latest migration rate was down from 630 in March, continuing a weaker trend of 520 and 410 people in February and January respectively.

NZ: Acute nursing shortage hits hospitals

from The New Zealand Herald (12 Nov 2006):

“The largest numbers of overseas nurses come from Britain, South Africa and the Philippines, but Filipino nurses claim they are discriminated against because of their accent, and many will no longer be able to fill nursing jobs in New Zealand.”