New Zealand related immigration news and opinion

The Earth Times: New Zealand’s Asians put into campaign spotlight

Excerpt: Wellington – New Zealand’s fast-growing Asian population seems set for the spotlight at this year’s general election, as official projections that it will nearly double its numbers inside the next 20 years. The nationalist New Zealand First party, which has picked up votes from the anti-immigrant minority in past elections, with “Whose country is it anyway?” campaigns, was quick to capitalize on the new population forecasts.

There are currently about 400,000 Asians in the country and Statistics New Zealand predicted their number would increase by 3.4 per cent a year to 790,000 by 2026 when they would account for 16 per cent of the population. Read more here.

IOL (South Africa): NZealand minister bemoans Asian growth

Excerpt: Wellington – The nationalist New Zealand First party, which is led by Foreign Minister Winston Peters, launched a fresh attack on Asian immigrants on Wednesday after government projections showing they were the fastest-growing group in the population.

Asians were expected to come close to outnumbering the indigenous Maoris in 18 years, when they would account for 16 percent of the total population, Statistics New Zealand said. Read more here.

TV3 News (New Zealand): NZ First launches new attack on Asian immigration

Excerpt: New Zealand First has launched a new attack on Asian immigration, saying New Zealand is going to be flooded with Asians and there is no guarantee about what they are going to do here.

The attack was launched not by Winston Peters but his deputy Peter Brown. Read more here.

Associated Press: Anger Over Rising New Zealand Immigration

Excerpt: WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s Asian population is growing faster than any other ethnic group and will outnumber indigenous Maori by 2026, government figures released Wednesday showed.

The findings drew the ire of an anti-immigrant party that contends the door should be shut on Asian immigrants, claiming they do not integrate into mainstream society. Read more here.

The Age: New Zealand MP accused of ‘Hanson-like’ policies

[FYI: Pauline Hanson is a racist and demagogue Australian politician whose only political platform is to drive away all sorts of migrants out of Australia.]

Excerpt: A New Zealand politician has been compared to Pauline Hanson for suggesting his country shut its doors to Asian immigrants.

New Zealand First deputy leader Peter Brown revived the race debate by saying that NZ was under threat of being “inundated” by people who did not want to integrate. Read more here.

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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.”

Ignore Asia and its peoples at your peril, report warns

Ignore Asia and its peoples at your peril, report warns – 04 Jul 2006 – Population
Source: NZ Herlad

“New Zealanders need to learn about Asia or risk a lower standard of living, fewer economic opportunities and a less secure future, a new report warns.”

NZ Government to welcome more immigrants

Government to welcome more immigrants – 30 Jun 2006 – Immigration
Source: NZ Herald

“The number of immigrants accepted into the country is being raised to meet the need for more skilled workers, the Government said today.”